Blackberry Season

We are lucky (or unlucky depending on how you feel about blackberry bushes near your house) to have an abundance of berries just a few steps from our backdoor.  I have been picking a handful of them every morning this week for breakfast. And....they are delicious! 

Blackberry Chutney on cream cheese wedges 

Blackberry Chutney on cream cheese wedges 

 My friend invited me to join her for a picnic and concert in the park this week and it was the perfect opportunity to try the blackberry chutney recipe created by Christine Cushing that I posted on Facebook a few weeks ago. I have been craving the taste of savory cheese and sweet chutney since the first blackberries ripened this season. Here is Christine's recipe: 

INGREDIENTS

Blackberries on the vine 

Blackberries on the vine 

  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored, diced
  • juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (60 ml)   (I doubled the amount of sugar because it was very tart) 
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup  red wine vinegar (60 ml)
  • ¼ cup cassis (60 ml)  (I could not find cassis so I substituted pear brandy which could be why I had to add more sugar)  
  • 2 cup blackberries (500 ml)
  • 1 tsp ginger, freshly grated (5 ml)
  • zest of half a lemon
  • ¼ tsp salt (1 ml)
Apples ready for dicing 

Apples ready for dicing 

DIRECTIONS

1. Toss diced apple with lemon juice. Set aside.

2. In medium, wide, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, onion, red wine vinegar, garlic and cassis. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add apple and lemon juice and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Add blackberries, ginger, and lemon zest and let simmer an additional 10 to 15 minutes stirring occasionally, until the mixture has slightly thickened. Remove from heat, transfer to bowl and let cool.

Makes about 2 cups. Yield: 16 servings (2 tbsp. per servings)

 

Simmering ingredients....love that color!

Simmering ingredients....love that color!

Blackberry Chutney on Piave Vecchio Cheese 

Blackberry Chutney on Piave Vecchio Cheese 

The recipe suggested serving the chutney with Camembert cheese and crackers. I sampled it on cream cheese wedges, smoked gouda, and piave vecchio. They were all good......but....my favorite is......drum roll please.....piave vecchio! 

This recipe is easy to prepare, tastes like summer, and makes a colorful presentation for any occasion...... especially a picnic in the park! 

I would love to hear what you are cooking up this weekend! 

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