Blackberry Fool & Garden Sculptures


It’s blackberry season!  And milking season here at the farm.  The head gardener has started milking the Jersey cow and brought me some homemade yoghurt today.  It’s rich, creamy and very mild – the extra fat toning down the sourness of a natural yoghurt.  I will, at some point, post up ‘how to make yoghurt’ as I’ve been making a lot of goats milk yoghurt lately (for the supper club).  It hardly needs a post really – heat the 1 pint milk to 42 C or hand temperature warm and stir in a few teaspoons of live natural yoghurt.  Leave in a warm place, covered, for 12-18 hours (e.g. hot press, on range/stove overnight).  And you have yoghurt.

On holidays in Edinburgh once, we came across a gorgeous little restaurant late after tramping around looking for the perfect place to eat.  That time the tramping paid off. The food was really simple and seasonal – I had a courgette & lemon pasta dish, he had great steak – and I just loved the dessert.  Not at all fancy but it tasted great.  A very simple rhubarb fool – just stewed rhubarb and yoghurt/cream, maybe a biscuit – I can’t remember.  It’s a nice thing to do with fruit in season.

This fool is something to make with fresh, fresh blackberries and now is the time!  I picked blackberries this evening – mostly for the freezer and some for this quick dessert/snack.

For 2 people take:

1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries and blend with 2 dessertspoons runny honey.  Take 1/2 cup of this mixture out into a separate bowl.  Now add 1 1/2 cups of thick natural yoghurt (e.g. greek if you don’t have a jersey cow to hand!) and blitz quickly to combine. Taste – does it need more honey?

To assemble spoon some extra natural yoghurt into a glass (or wine glass).  Carefully spoon some blackberry yoghurt mix over to create another layer before finally spooning a layer of reserved dark blackberry puree on top.  Enjoy on its own or with a sprinkle of crushed ginger biscuits.

What do you think of our new additions to the garden?  Designed and created by local artist Noel Molloy, who is also a gifted performance artist.

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