Thursday, August 29, 2013

Brambleberries, Dewberry, Thimebleberry & Lawers.

(Your probably wondering about the wonky title right? These are all other names the blackberry is known by!)

We're nearing the end of summer which means blackberries are in full swing, and while we don't have any fresh you can still find them at the farmer's markets and along the side of the road. Amazing how everything was so early this year! Here are some recipes that can help spark some inspiration!

Food for thought:
Did you know blackberries are really good for your health? While low in sodium these delicious specks of black gold are only 62 calories per cup, making them perfect for those watching their calorie in take. We all know from blueberries the darker the fruit the higher the level of antioxidants are, this has a direct effect on lowering the risk of some cancers. Blackberries can cause the tightening of tissue and they keep your brain alert.

Blackberry Fizz
 Mix 1.5 oz vodka, 5 crushed blackberries, 3 oz lemonade with a spritz of soda water for the perfect Blackberry Fizz.

Blackberry Cobbler
  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted $
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprig
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Place blackberries in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish; sprinkle with lemon juice. Stir together egg, sugar, and flour in a medium bowl until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle over fruit. Drizzle melted butter over topping. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired. Garnish with fresh mint sprig, if desired.
  2. For a neat presentation, bake for the same amount of time in 6 (8-oz.) ramekins on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.

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