With the end of summer rapidly approaching, you’ll want to make sure you eat up all your ripe fruit before their season ends.
Blackberry-based recipes make the perfect end-of-summer treats; some of the most prevalent blackberry-themed treats we’ve found numerous recipes for are blackberry-and-apple-based jams or jellies, blackberry fool, and blackberry shortcake.
The Linlithgowshire Gazette assures us that the efforts gone to in picking blackberries are well worth it. They also include recipes for blackberry jam, blackberry and apple jelly, and blackberry wine.
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The Aberdeen Press and Journal, on 1 August 1921, wrote of the great benefits of blackberries:
Blackberries contain more iron than the majority of fruits, and in consequence act as a tonic and blood purifier. The roots of the bush form the basis for most dysentery medicines, and old-fashioned blackberry cordial is useful not only in cases of diarrhea, but in throat troubles, correcting and toning up delicate throats.
The article goes on to describe how best to consume these ‘cool and inviting’ berries: mainly, in a shortcake or in a ‘good steamed dessert’! These suggestions are followed up with recipes for pulling off these treats.
As part of the charmingly out-dated section ‘The Woman’s Realm’, the Diss Express printed some delicious-sounding recipes for when blackberries are ripe: blackberry meringue, blackberry fool, blackberry and apple mould, blackberry wine, and blackberry and apple jam.
If facing off with food in your kitchen sometimes feel like a war zone, take a page from the column ‘Winning the War in the Kitchen’ and explore these delectable dishes, which include not just the standard jam and meringue but also a blackberry and pear salad, a blackberry and apple curd, and a blackberry ginger pudding.
Not all dishes are created equally, of course, and sometimes recipes go awry (this recipe for blackberry pickle comes immediately to mind). However, we have you covered if you end up with a less-than-desirable dish: homemade blackberry wine! (And you don’t even need to limit yourself to blackberry wine as it includes recipes for elderberry wine and ginger wine.)
There is much more to be discovered in the newspapers — this has only been a small sample of all the blackberry-related recipes out there, there’s still such favourites as blackberry syrup and blackberry soufflé to explore!
If blackberries aren’t your thing, don’t fret! We’ve found some mouth-watering apricot-based recipes that are sure to excite your palate.
If you’re finding that the summer heat is getting to you, why not try a refreshing homemade apricot (or raspberry!) ice cream?
Or, if you’re not in the mood for ice cream, how about an inviting gâteau with apricots?
The dessert combinations with apricots seem endless; here are recipes for cream cakes and a currant pudding.
Cherries are one of our favourite summer fruits. Thankfully, our newspapers did not disappoint in the cherry-based recipe department.
Let’s not forget our cousins across the Atlantic – the Birmingham Mail printed some cherry recipes from America for making cobblers, pies, and dumplings.