Have a Great British Bake Off of your own
The BBC’s Great British Bake Off is in full swing and kids just love to get their hands in the mixing bowl. Plus, with autumn on its way, it will be the time of year when nature’s cupboard is full of delicious wild ingredients that you can add to your favourite recipes. So what could be better than spending a few hours foraging in the woods, then coming home, tying on your aprons, and rustling up a tasty treat with your bounty?
Here are few simple but scrummy recipes to try.
Blackberry fairy cakes
Blackberries are delicious in all sorts of recipes such as pies and crumbles, but kids will especially love making these cute little cakes.
- 175g softened butter
- 175g sugar
- 175g self-raising flour
- 3 Sainsbury’s Woodland eggs*
- 2tsp vanilla essence
- 100g blackberries
- 12 fairy cake cases – paper or silicon
- Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
- Mix the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl with a fork or hand mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs and vanilla slowly, continuing to mix.
- Fold in the flour.
- Mix in the blackberries carefully so they don’t fall apart.
- Half fill each fairy cake case with the mixture.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until they are golden. You can check if they’re done by poking a cocktail stick in the centre – it should come out clean.
- Leave them to stand for five minutes before cooling on a wire rack.
You could make some blackberry icing too. Mash up 100g of berries with a fork – push the fruit through a sieve if you don’t want seeds in it. Add 150g of icing sugar and mix to a smooth paste. Ice your cakes and decorate with a whole blackberry.
Elderberry and apple crumble
Look out for clusters of these small, purplish-black berries in woods and hedgerows. They work well mixed with other fruit in a crumble.
- 100g elderberries
- 500g apples
- 100g butter
- 200g flour
- 100g light brown sugar
- White sugar to taste
- Wash the elderberries and pull them off their stalks. Throw away any unripe ones.
- Slice the apples and lay in an ovenproof dish. Add the elderberries. They can be quite tart so you might want to sprinkle over some white sugar.
- Sieve the flour into the butter and rub in, then add the brown sugar.
- Sprinkle the crumble mix over the fruit.
- Bake at 350F/Gas mark 5 for 30-40 minutes until the topping is golden brown.
- Serve with a nice dollop of cream, ice cream or custard.
Poppy seed biscuits
This simple recipe makes about 30 biscuits:
- 225g softened butter
- 110g caster sugar
- 275g plain flour
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- Preheat oven to 180C / Gas mark 4
- Cream the butter and sugar, and beat with a fork or hand mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Sift in the flour, add the poppy seeds and mix into a dough.
- Roll into walnut-size balls, place on a baking tray, and flatten them slightly. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until they are light golden brown.
- Cool them on a wire rack.
You could continue the autumn theme by using some leaf-shaped cookie cutters.
Why not try foraging?
Foraging for food is great fun, but make sure you follow our tips:
- Make sure you know what you’re picking. If in doubt, leave it.
- Tread carefully so you don’t trample surrounding plants.
- Remember to leave some berries for the birds.
Find out more about foraging and how to forage responsibility with our foraging guidelines.
*One penny from every 12-pack of Sainsbury’s Woodland free range eggs goes towards helping us plant more trees.