Have you been foraging for blackberries? I remember when I was young my parents would take us out with our little pots looking for blackberries. The lovely thing about these juicy berries is that they grow almost anywhere, city or countryside, and hunting for them can be a fun activity for both adults and children. Don’t forget to wear gloves though the brambles are very thorny!
Of course we would sit down to the old favourite, blackberry and apple pie which was always yummy, but there are lots of ways to use your foraged fruits.
I came across a lovely recipe for blackberry syrup which you can add to prosecco or fizzy water for a non-alcoholic drink, and is delicious with our walnut scones recipe.
2 lemons, cut into quarters, pips removed
Few mint leaves
Prosecco, or for none alcoholic, fizzy water.
To make the syrup
Put the lemons, blackberries, mint leaves, sugar and 200ml of water into a food processor. Blitz until everything is finely chopped and juicy. Strain through a fine sieve. Bottle and chill until ready to drink. This will keep refrigerated for up to a week.
When ready pour half the blackberry syrup into a glass and top up with an equal measure of chilled prosecco or fizzy water.
Enjoy with freshly baked walnut scones.