Tasty blackberry recipes

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Forage for plump, juicy blackberries and get baking! (Photo: iStock.com/valbar)

Aprons on! The Great British Bake Off 2016 is underway, and it’s prime time for blackberries too. So join in the fun and rustle up some scrummy treats with juicy blackberries you’ve foraged for yourself! We’ve put together some top blackberry recipes you can bake with your kids to ensure your family are Bake Off champions.

Blackberry crumble

Delicious with a dollop of cream or ice cream!

  • 500g blackberries
  • 250g plain or wholemeal flour (swap 50g of this for porridge oats if you like)
  • 150g soft brown sugar
  • 180g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

1. Heat the oven to 200C/Gas 6.

2. Wash the blackberries and put them in a lightly buttered ovenproof dish. Sprinkle them with a little sugar if they’re a bit sharp.

3. Put the flour into a bowl, add the butter and mix with your fingers until it looks like breadcrumbs.

4. Mix in the sugar (and the oats, if you’re using them).

5. Sprinkle the crumble over the blackberries and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for around 30 minutes until golden brown.

Blackberry muffins

These fluffy muffins are perfect for breakfast or an after-school snack.

Makes 12

  • 60g butter
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml milk
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 100g blackberries
  • 12 muffin cases

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.

2. Put the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat it until it’s fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs and then the milk.

4. Sieve the flour into another bowl and mix in the baking powder, then add it to the muffin mixture.

5. Stir in the blackberries, and put some of the mixture into each of the muffin cases. Don’t fill them to the top – 2/3 is about right.

6. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, until they have risen and feel firm.

Blackberry flapjacks

These yummy bars are just the right mix of chewy and fruity.

Makes 10 bars

  • 350g blackberries
  • 25g golden caster sugar
  • 250g porridge oats
  • 140g butter, cut into cubes
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 140g golden syrup

1. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5.

2. Grease a tin of around 18cm square.

3. Put the blackberries and caster sugar in a small saucepan with 2tbsp of water, put the lid on and simmer on a low heat until they’re soft. Keep giving them a stir to make sure they’re not burning. Mash them up a bit and let them cool.

4. Slowly melt the butter, brown sugar and syrup in another saucepan. Stir in the oats and mix well.

5. Press half the oat mix into the tin, spread the blackberries on top and cover with the rest of the oat mixture.

6. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Cut into bars and leave to cool before taking them out of the tin.

Foraging tips

  • It’s best to wear trousers so your legs don’t get scratched by the brambles.
  • Be careful not to trample surrounding plants.
  • Don’t pick blackberries growing by the roadside – they don’t taste very good!
  • Remember to leave some berries for birds, badgers, mice, butterflies and other wildlife.

Why not try our blackberry cobbler and blackberry smoothie recipes too? Don’t forget to share your favourite blackberry recipes and post pictures of your baking triumphs on our Facebook page, or on Instagram or Twitter using #NatureDetectives.

What's your favourite blackberry recipe?

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