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Old 03-14-2006, 11:14 PM   #1
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Blackberries

Hello,
I was wondering if you guys had some ideas on what to do with blackberries. I have two freezer bags about half full, but they have been defrosted. They have been frozen since summer so I don't think that I can refreeze. Thanks!
Danielle

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Old 03-15-2006, 12:37 AM   #2
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If you're willing to put in the time and effort, I know of an absolutely MARVELOUS gingerbread and lemon curd blackberry trifle.
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Old 03-15-2006, 12:44 AM   #3
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black berry cobbler

or you can make sauce out of them to use over ice cream

or there's black berry cordial.
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Old 03-15-2006, 01:10 AM   #4
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I'm with pdswife - I vote for cobbler!

If you want to go to the effort, you could make jam or jelly. Dad once made black berry ice cream.
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Old 03-15-2006, 01:25 AM   #5
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You don't only have to use them for dessert as well. You can puree them with or add them to make a:

Blackberry Coulis
Blackberry Vinaigrette
Blackberry Demi-Glace
Blackberry Red Wine Reduction
Blackberry Balsamic Reduction
Blackberry Beurre Blanc
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another vote for cobbler.
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Old 03-15-2006, 09:14 AM   #7
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best blackberry muffins.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon milk
2/3 cup sugar
8 Tbsp warm melted butter (1 stick)
1 teaspoon vanilla
11 oz of fresh blackberries, cut in half
(You can use frozen blackberries if fresh are not available.)
1 Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a standard 12 muffin pan or line with paper muffin cups. (Actually, with the berries you'll have more batter than just for 12 muffins. This batch made 18 muffins.)
2 Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
3 In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, milk, sugar, butter and vanilla.
4 Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix together with a few light strokes, just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Add the berries. (If you are using frozen berries, defrost them first, then drain the excess liquid, then coat them lightly in flour.) Do not overmix! Overmixing will cause the muffins to be dense, not fluffy. The batter should not be smooth.
5 Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of 1 or 2 of the muffins comes out clean, 17-20 minutes (or longer). Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes before removing from the pan. If not serving hot, let cool on a rack.
Serve as soon as possible, preferably within a few hours of baking
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Crostata (large tart) is another nice option...

lay out the shortcrust dough on a pie shell, precook it at for about 7,8 minutes or it takes on slight colour
spread some custard
(recipe for custard...
500ml whole milk
1 egg
150 g sugar
15 flour... heat the ingredients up in a double boiler, whisking briskly to blend the whole components well until it attains a desired consistency...let it cool)

Then a layer of berries, then put it back in the oven for another 20minutes or the crust becomes golden brown.

To make it prettier (though I usually don't bother ) you can coat the surface with dissolved gelatine for a shiny smooth effect...
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Old 03-15-2006, 12:30 PM   #9
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another vote for blacberry vinaigrette or reduction. (coulis? my a$$ )

or make a crepe, spread mashed blackberries on it, a little sugar, and whipped cream, roll up and enjoy.
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Old 03-15-2006, 12:43 PM   #10
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Thought of a few more:

Blackberry compound butter
Blackberry compote
Blackberry sorbet
Blackberry granita
Blackberry vodka
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