The blackberries on the common are fully ripe so Freddie and I take daily walks picking few on the way. I have to really watch the little boy as he is very tempted to try other berries that are neither edible nor tasty.
I had a punnet of red currants too and decided to bake a simple summer berry tart with blackberry compote. It was very delicious and gone way too soon.
I haven’t baked much lately and my waist is probably thanking me for it but I am fearing this will change, tonight is the first episode of new series of The Great British Bake Off. I am planning to march Freddie through the woods feeding many ducks on the way and breathing in fresh air so he is fast asleep by 8.0o.
The recipe is dead simple, just make pastry base of your choice, I tend to use Jamie O’s recipe. Bake it blind for 10 minutes at 180C then remove the beans and bake it for another 5 minutes. While it is baking combine 2 eggs, 50g of sugar and 100ml of double cream. Take the pasty out, scatter berries on top, pour the egg mixture in and bake for another 15-20 minutes.
One very happy boy, imagine the pain he experience while waiting for the tart to be photographed, he was clenching his fists, shaking and making strange noises trying to poke into the custard and scoop some berries.
For the blackberry compote just cook down bit of fruit with a tablespoon of sugar, I like it tart. Serve with cream.
In some more exciting news (for me), we are off for few days to Cranbrook area in Kent (staying at the most magical place) with many escapades to the Cinque Ports squeezed in so if you have any tips for East Sussex I would really appreciate it. I have been to Rye and we are planning to go to Hasting and Bexhill-on-Sea to visit the De La Warr Pavilion. Any gastronomic tips would be most welcome!