Sunday, 14 August 2011
One of my favourite things about late summer is the abundance of summer berries . . .
There's still the odd strawberry hanging about, but in truth they're mostly gone by now, but the shop shelves are now filled with beautiful Scottish and British Raspberries . . .
Lovely Blackberries from Kent . . . the hedgerows are beginning to fill up with them as well . . .
Beautiful plump Blueberries from Devon . . .
Oh such a lovely lot of berries . . . sweet and delicious and perfect for light desserts and sauces.
Beautiful desserts such as this spiced berry compote. Delicious in it's own right . . .
but equally as scrummy spooned warm over vanilla ice cream . . . the warm juices trickling down the cool vanilla mountain and mingling with it's sweet milkyness . . .
Or served cold in a bowl and topped with a dollop of softly whipped cream . . . perfect foil for it's heady richness and beautiful colours . . .
or . . . and this is the creme de la creme . . . spooned onto the bottom of a buttery fruit scone and topped with tasty dollop of Clotted Cream a la creme tea!
And . . . why not! mmm . . . mmm . . . mmm . . .
*Spiced Summer Berry Compote*
Rich and heady. Beautifully coloured. Simple. Perfect with some cold ice cream, vanilla of course!
400g of fruit (a generous pound) blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, loganberries, tayberries etc.
(I use about half blueberries)
4 TBS caster sugar
3 TBS spiced berry squash drink mix, undiluted (can use a fruit flavoured liqueur such as framboise)
Put half of the berries (blueberries) into a heavy bottomed saucepan. Sprinkle with the sugar and the berry squash drink mix. Slowly bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer just to the point where the berries seem about to burst. Remove from the heat. Stir in the raspberries, blackberries and any other fruit you are using.
Serve warm in glasses or small bowls, or spooned over ice cream.
Delicious also spooned between fruited scones along with a nice dollop of clotted cream. The ultimate in a cream tea!