The late August bank holiday allegedly marks the end of ‘real’ summer, although with alternating heatwave and downpour it is a bit hard to be sure. Fortunately this strange weather hasn’t stopped our seasonal crops.
You don’t need to live in the country to take advantage of free fresh food. Any open space, towpath or slightly neglected garden will have brambles, and they will now be covered in blackberries. Dress to prevent scratches, take a bag or bowl and get your share before everyone else does. Of course, defrosted supermarket blackberries work just as well.
This quick but surprisingly good-for-you recipe makes a great breakfast. It is a variation on the oven-baked pancakes eaten in Holland and exported to America. The protein from the eggs and the vitamins from the fruit will set you up for the morning.
These quantities will make enough pancakes for three hungry people, and can be doubled up if needed. A gluten-free flour variant will also work if needed.
2 medium eggs
200 grams flour
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Blackberries, washed and any stalks removed
1 sliced apple (optional)
Made these this morning with ground almond gluten-free pancakes. Was delicious, thank you.
Blackberries are such an autumn food despite them just dropping out of season. These sound great and are a good alternative to my usual plain or banana pancakes. Thanks.
Craig, I think you can sub any fruit you like! We have loads of blackcurrants in our freezer so I am going to try this recipe with those. Might need some extra syrup to sweeten them up though - yum!
This looks delicious, but all our blackberries are going over now. I will just use plums and apple instead and think this will work just as well.
I gathered loads of blackberries and have frozen the ones that didn't mysteriously vanish on the way home. Now I've got an excuse to eat even more!