Blackberry season is officially underway in the UK, the best time to enjoy blackberries is between late summer and early autumn. Whilst they’re growing in their hundreds and thousands, take advantage of picking the delicious berries and get busy in the kitchen, rustling up this delightful blackberry crumble recipe.
Best Places to Find Blackberries
Blackberries are commonly found in gardens, bushes, hedges and the woods. There are even dedicated blackberry farms. Where blackberries are found, there tends to be brambles so be sure to wear country clothing to protect yourself from being attacked by brambles and from the glorious and unpredictable UK weather. Blackberries don’t ripen once picked so ensure you only pick the best ones. When they’re ripe they are large, plump and deep purple in colour; if you have to pull on the blackberry then it isn’t ripe.
The Health Benefits of Blackberries
Blackberries have many health benefits, they contain a wide variety of nutrients such as Vitamins A, C, E, potassium, calcium and magnesium which help our bodies fight diseases and boost brainpower. They’re also a powerful source of antioxidants, which is where their deep purple colour come from.
The Ultimate Blackberry Crumble
As well as being one of your five a day, blackberries are delicious and are the perfect ingredient to add to a number of dishes. Why not try our ultimate blackberry crumble? It’s sure to be a family favourite.
120g plain flour
60g caster sugar
60g unsalted butter
400g of blackberries
30g unsalted butter
30g demerara sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Thoroughly wash the blackberries and leave them to soak for a few hours. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Place the 120g plain flour, 60g of caster sugar and 60g of unsalted butter into a large bowl. Mix the ingredients together with your fingertips to create the breadcrumbs. Once you’re happy with the texture of the breadcrumbs, spread the mixture onto a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes, until they are lightly coloured. Whilst the crumble is browning, place the 30g of unsalted butter, 30g of demerara sugar into a saucepan and melt on a medium heat for 3 minutes or until the mixture turns into a golden caramel colour. Pour in the blackberries and ¼ tsp of ground cinnamon and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once it’s cooked, place the fruit mixture into an oven proof dish, top with the golden-brown crumble mixture and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy the crumble with warm custard or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
In 100g of blackberries there are:
0.2g of Fat
10g of Carbohydrates
1g of Protein
5g of Fibre
15mg of Vitamin C
If you want to know more about blackberries, how to store them and more recipes you could try, have a look at our ultimate guide to blackberries. What’s your favourite blackberry recipe? Let us know via our social media channels. We’ve got plenty of other recipes you could try, find them here.