When my sister was here we went blackberry picking on the heath behind the site. The combination of sun and rain this year have connived to produce perfect conditions for blackberries and they have ripened earlier than usual. We all picked furiously except Anaia who stayed behind to make sure the cats didn’t get up to mischief. Of course the dogs came too and we used the fruits of our labour to make ice-cream. See below for recipe…..
And what did we do with all the blackberries? Well we froze some to make hedgerow jelly later when there is more time and we made blackberry puree with the rest. I gently cooked some of the blackberries with a little water and sugar then pushed it through a sieve, before heating it some more to thicken it slightly. I then cooled it before using it to make Blackberry Ripple Icecream: simply layer blackberry puree with vanilla icecream – delicious. I use this recipe.N.B. Anaia came up with an excellent idea for using up the rest of the blackberry puree – dip strawberries into it – this was even more delicious!