Autumn is my favourite season for cooking. Our blackberries have been collected and our apples harvested. Warming crumble leaves the sweet smell of cinnamon filling the air. Blackberry recipes are hard to beat in the Autumn.
Blackberries have such a short season though, so we always collect plenty and freeze them to use throughout Autumn and Winter. They are wonderful in cakes, used to make jam or a handful thrown into a smoothie.
French Family Food is an Instagram account that we often visit for inspiring seasonal French home cooking. Alexandra creates colourful, nutritious (and often vegetarian) meals for the whole family. Here she has shared with us three great blackberry recipes that she makes at home.
A salad that embraces Autumnal colours and flavours. Combine lovely and slightly bitter radicchio leaves with organic dolcelatte cheese, blackberries, pumpkin seeds, fresh thyme and gorgeously sweet and juicy figs. Healthy and delicious.
Blackberry and Walnut Cake
Inspired by the regional speciality of Dordogne, the walnut cake. This is a seasonal treat from Alexandra that will be popular with the kids too.
140g unsalted butter
125 golden caster sugar
120g self-raising wholemeal flour
40g shelled walnuts
Handful of blackberries
1- Cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy
2- add the eggs one at a time and mix well after adding each one
3- in a food processor blitz the walnuts until you get a fine crumb-like consistency
4- Add the flour and the chopped walnuts to the cake mix and stir well.
5- Add the blackberries and stir in very carefully
6- Put the cake mixture in a buttered loaf tin and bake for 35 minutes at 180 degrees
One of the things that drew us to French Family Food was the images of fantastic Clafoutis. Plum, peach, blueberry. Irresistable.
40g plain flour
30g caster sugar
10g unsalted butter
200ml semi-skimmed milk
½ tbsp sunflower oil
1-Start by preheating your oven to 180ºC/fan 160ºC/gas mark 4. Grease a shallow, 1-litre ovenproof tart or flan dish with the butter.
2-Combine flour and sugar into a bowl. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Slowly add the milk. You want to create a smooth batter. Next, stir in the sunflower oil and mix well.
3-Arrange the blackberries in the base of the dish. Now pour over the batter. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden on top and your skewer comes out clean.
We hope you love these blackberry recipes as much as we do. Enjoy! See more from Alexandra at French Family Food
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