Mulberry Tart

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Twenty years ago when my mum died, friends gave my dad roses and a mulberry tree to plant to remember my mum. Before it died of the neglect that sorrow can bring, I quickly put it in the ground behind the house.

It takes ten years before a mulberry tree will fruit. And to the year this is how long it slowly grew before finally fruiting. For the next ten years it fruited intermittently, grew determinedly, and suffered James’ rather ad hoc attempts at pruning with a hedge trimmer – please don’t say anything about this rather awful moment.

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The tree now forms a tunnel that you need to walk through to get from the main campsite field to the back of the house and reception – I like that.

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This year, a young blackbird has been sitting in the tree eating each mulberry as it ripens. Then the heatwave of the past couple of days hit and the mulberries ripened in a rush. There were too many for the blackbird to eat all by itself.

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So on Sunday, I picked 3 kilos. I froze most of them for future pies, but decided to make this easy tart for dinner as well.

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The base is a pate-brisee pastry – half the weight of flour should be butter,  add a pinch of salt and a little icing sugar, rub the butter into the flour and then use a little water (and or egg yolk) to bind. Leave to rest before using. I always make twice as much as I need so I can freeze some for future use.

Mulberry Tart: enough pate-brisee pastry to line a 20cm tart tin; half a pot of cream (150ml or a little more), bit of sugar, lots of mulberries.

Roll out the pastry, line a tart tin and pop in the freezer to rest for a while. Fully bake it in an oven at about 180C, let it cool in the tin. Take some of the mulberries and liquidise with some sugar to a puree, pass through a sieve. Whisk the cream and add in the mulberry puree. Allow to chill the spread on the pastry case and top with some whole mulberries.

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Picking mulberries makes your hands purple which I think is quite cool

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How do you like to eat mulberries?

9 responses to “Mulberry Tart

  1. Hi niece
    To remove the stain rub your hands with green mulberries, I didn’t know that was there.
    Uncle Dave

    • Hi Uncle,

      I will go and pick some more mulberries so my hands get stained again just so I can try out your idea. Hope you and Leonie are doing OK love claire xx

  2. I’ve pruned fruit trees with a chain saw, so a hedge trimmer isn’t the worst thing that can happen.
    I’ll have to see if there is a mulberry variety that does well here in Colorado since that tart looks tasty.

    • Ha ha – that is serious pruning! To be fair I think my random, ill-informed pruning with shears is probably just as damaging. The tart was good. I never see mulberries in shops so it is good to grow your own 🙂

  3. J > Mulberry growable here in Uist, but when we lived in the soft south we tried growing one in several of our homes, but in every case the young tree failed to thrive. You are very fortunate indeed! However so are the local birds! Do the berries freeze well, retaining flavour and firmness?

    • This is the first year I have really harvested any – in previous years I just picked and ate them directly from the tree – so I don’t know if they freeze OK. If they don’t freeze too well i will use them in a pie or in a smoothie – they won’t go to waste 🙂 We have another mulberry tree in the Pear Garden which has been dug up by ducks and us a couple of times. it is small, but still hanging in there. I hope one day to eat mulberries from it as well 🙂

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