Introducing the latest EXTRA Special, EXTRA Scrummy Seasonal Sweet Treat from Lanhydrock Hotel’s Lizzie - Blackberry Crumble Slice.
Lizzie’s done it again! The scrummy crumbly munch of all treats has been carefully crafted by Lizzie to deliver a soft fruity bite with a slightly crumbly crunch! It’s truly delicious and the simple slice recipe lends itself to be filled with whatever fruit you fancy.
- 8oz Unsalted Butter
- 5oz Wholemeal Flour
- 4oz Rolled Oats
- 8oz Demerara Sugar
- 10oz Fresh Blackberries
- 2tbs Honey
- 1tsp Vanilla Extract
- Preheat the oven 180c
- Lightly grease and line a shallow 8inch tin
- Cut the butter in to small pieces and rub into the flour, oats, sugar & vanilla until the mix resembles coarse breadcrumbs
- Divide the crumbly mixture in two, press half firmly into the bottom of the lined tin
- Sprinkle over the blackberries, then drizzle honey all over them
- Cover the fruit with the remaining crumble topping and press down lightly this time.
- Bake in the oven for 20-30minutes until golden brown
- Leave to cool and harden slightly in the tin before removing
- Cut into 12 scrumptious crumble squares
How to Pick Blackberries
- There are two types of blackberries to know about: thorny and thornless! Obviously, the thornless are easier to pick, but some people claim the thorny varieties are sweeter. With the thorny plants, you want to reach into the plant in the gaps, so you don't need to touch anything but the berry you're after, avoiding the thorns.
- A ripe blackberry is deep black with a plump, full feel. It will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug. If the berry is red or purple, it's not ripe yet.
General Picking Tips
- Pick only the berries that are fully black. Reach in between the stems to grab for hidden berries ready for harvest. Bend down and look up into the plant and you'll find loads of berries that other people missed!
- Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. Blackberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week, depending upon the initial quality of the berry. After a few days in storage, however, the fruit loses its bright colour and fresh flavour and tends to shrivel.
When you get home
- DON'T wash the berries until you are ready to use them or freeze them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
- Blackberries are less perishable than blueberries or strawberries, but refrigerate them as soon as possible after picking. Temperatures between 34 F and 38 F are best, but, be careful not to freeze the blackberries (while they are in the fridge)!
- Even under ideal conditions blackberries will only keep for a week in a refrigerator, so for best flavour and texture, use them as soon as possible.
Written by Lanhydrock Hotel & Golf Club