Friday, 15 August 2014

Frugal To Do: Blackberry Picking

Top: Atterley Road. Shorts: Gap. Bag: Anya Hindmarch (buy similar from The Outnet here). Sandals: KG Kurt Geiger (in the sale for £49.00)
I always used to associate blackberry picking with Autumn and going back to school, but have started a little earlier recently (before everyone gets there first). It's basically free food, and I love to freeze them and use in smoothies, or snack on them at work.

Luckily we have a meadow at the end of our Road, so we go on Sunday evenings for a wander - it has been a hot summer so a lot of them have already dried up but we still manage a decent haul.

Ainsley Harriet's blackberry and elderflower crumble


  • 450g blackberries
  • 6 tablespoons elderflower cordial
  • 175g plain flour
  • 75g butter, diced
  • 3 tablespoons golden caster sugar
  • Cream or custard (to serve)

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the blackberries in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle over the elderflower cordial.
  2. Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  3. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the blackberries and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the blackberry juice is bubbling.
  4. Serve with cream or custard.


  1. I've been enjoying blackberry picking too, it seems to be a great year for them. I even posted about it here:
    Although, I don't look anywhere near as fabulous as you when I'm out in the meadows. ;)

  2. I have great memories from my childhood and that recipe sounds too good! My parents have blackberries in their garden but I have to wait a week or two before I can try it out (very rainy here).

    Annette | Lady of Style

  3. I've got loads in my garden, never had them before, a bit of a nightmare but I look forward to picking and making pie. Mine aren't ready yet. x


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