For me, blackberry season is way up there with asparagus season. But it might just beat it by a hairs breadth by the very fact that instead of having to go all the way up the road to buy asparagus from the farm, blackberries are everywhere and ripe for the picking there and then. Nothing beats the taste of seasonal food of course but the thing with blackberries is once you start looking for brambles, you end up spotting them absolutely everywhere!
The season seems to be coming to an end around these parts now but for the last however many weeks, I have rarely come home without a pocketful of blackberries! We can’t resist a simple blackberry crumble in fact, nothing tastes quite as good as a foraged blackberry crumble. Well apart from foraged blackberry crumble cake. It’s one of those recipes that I made up and it’s so easy peasy that it seems like a cheat to call it a real recipe but I thought you might like it too. It’s definitely one of our favourite ways to use up a handful of blackberries or two!
First, preheat the oven to 200C and grease your cake tin. I used a silicone love heart case this time but a standard 20cm sandwich tin would do the job just fine.
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale in colour then add the beaten eggs nice and slowly so that the mixture doesn’t curdle. (If it does, a bit of flour will fix it, so don’t panic!) Then add the sifted self raising flour and stir well to form a smooth cake batter.
In a separate bowl, take your sugar, plain flour, butter and a pinch of salt. Rub together with your fingertips to make your delicious crumble topping.
Pour the cake batter into the greased tin and then cover the entire surface with a layer of blackberries. Then simply sprinkle the crumble mixture on top and pop in a preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes until cooked right through with a lovely golden top.
Cake, blackberries and crumble all on one plate. Yummy! Delicious served just as it is or even with lashings of custard or cream as an extra indulgent treat if you have already started to work on your winter insulation. Enjoy!