Four Ways To Enjoy Blackberries

Four Ways To Enjoy Blackberries

It's time for blackberry foraging! Make jam, make compote, rustle up a sweet crumble recipe or pair with goats' cheese for a late summer salad. Take your pick from our selection of blackberry recipes below...

Blackberry Jam

Ingredients:

Makes five 500g jars
1.25kg blackberries
Finely grated zest and juice of 3 lemons
1.25kg jam sugar 

Add the blackberries, lime zest and juice into a large pan and cook on a low heat - stirring every now and then. Use a potato masher or the back of a ladle to press into the berries and release even more juice - don't squish them too much though!

Next add the sugar and stir until the sugar fully dissolves, bring to a steady boil for 5 minutes and turn off the heat. Place a spoonful of your syrup on to a plate, once cooled use your finger to see if it wrinkles - if it does it's reached it's setting point. If it's still running, return the pan to heat and boil again for a couple of minutes and test again.

Remove the pan from the heat and use a spoon to take off any surface scum - leave for 5 minutes for the fruit to settle down into the syrup. Stir well, pour the hot jam into jars and cover with waxed discs and lids. 

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Blackberry, Goats’ Cheese & Spinach Salad

Ingredients:

150g blackberries
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp caraway seeds
4 salad onions, trimmed and finely sliced
115g pack baby leaf spinach
25g pack flat leaf parsley, leaves picked
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 heaped tsp clear honey
150g soft goats’ cheese

Put the blackberries in a small bowl and pour over the vinegar. Stir, then set aside for about 15 minutes. Put the coriander and caraway seeds in to a pan over a low heat, after 1-2 minutes tip into a pestle and mortar and crush.

In a large bowl, mix together your onions, spinach, parsley, toasted seeds, crushed spices and blackberries.
To make the dressing - whisk the oil, mustard and honey into the leftover vinegar. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix together - finishing by crumbling over the goats’ cheese.

Blackberry Crumble

Ingredients:

400-500g freshly picked blackberries
200g plain flour
85g butter
55g sugar

Pre-heat your oven to 180C. Place your washed blackberries in the bottom of a baking dish. In a large bowl, rub the butter into the flour until you get a breadcrumb-like consistency. Next, stir in the sugar and sprinkle your crumble on top of your blackberries. Bake in the oven around 40-45 minutes - you want it to go a nice light brown colour. 

Emma Bridgewater Blackberry Crumble Recipe

Blackberry Compote

Ingredients:

750g blackberries, halved
100g golden caster sugar
Juice ½ lemon
Small pinch ground cinnamon

To make the compote, whizz two thirds of the blackberries with the sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in a food processor until smooth, then sieve to remove the seeds. Fold the remaining fruit through the purée and set aside. Use within 2 days or freeze.