Blackberry Mornings

My husband, the awesome gardener, raises various kinds of fruits and vegetables. This week the blackberries are ripening.

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Blackberry Smoothies

2 cups fresh blackberries
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cantaloupe, peeled and seeded

(I like to freeze the berries and cantaloupe ahead of time for a slushy kind of smoothie.)

Blend at high speed in blender for at least one minute until smooth and thickened.

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Blackberry Pie

1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 pie shell, unbaked
1/2 cup self-rising flour
2/3 stick margarine
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash berries and sprinkle with 1/2 cup sugar. Pour berries into pie shell and set aside. In a separate bowl mix flour and remaining 1 cup sugar and pour over berries. Slice margarine into oats and place on top of flour/sugar mixture. Pour milk over all. Bake pie one hour. Cool before serving.

Taken from The Mississippi Farmers Market Cookbook.
(My husband made the pie pictured below. )

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Blackberry Apple Jelly

2 1/2 qts. Blackberries
1 1/4 cups water
7 or 8 medium sized apples
Additional water
Bottled apple juice (optional)
1/4 cup lemon juice
8 cups sugar
2 (3oz) pouches liquid pectin

In a large kettle combine blackberries and 1 1/4 cups water. Simmer 5 minutes. Strain through a jelly bag, reserving juice and discarding pulp.

Remove and discard stem and blossom ends of apples, but do not peel or core. Place in kettle an cover with water. Simmer until soft, about 20 minutes. Strain through jelly bag, reserving juice and discarding pulp.

Measure the reserved blackberry and apple juices and return to kettle. If necessary add water or bottled apple juice to make a total of 4 cups juice. Stir in lemon juice and sugar.

Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Add pectin. Stir until mixture boils. Boil 1 minute. Take off heat and ladle into prepared jelly jars. Put on lids and process in boiling water bath 15 minutes.

From Southern Fixin’s; Recipes from the German Baptists Fellowship of Churches

Yields 9 half-pints.

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2 thoughts on “Blackberry Mornings

  1. Your photos have made me hungry for berries. We picked the tail-end of the strawberries and the beginning of the blackcaps yesterday. So I’m off to the fridge to eat some.

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