Apple and Bramble (blackberries) have to be the quintessential flavour combination for September here in the UK. That's when the apples are ripe and the hedgerows are bursting with fresh blackberries, free for the picking. When we lived down in Kent, we were surrounded by orchards and we were welcome to go scrumping each autum, which is the word they use to describe picking up the windfalls.
I do so love the names that they give to their puddings over here in the UK. (Pudding itself is another word for dessert!) You are going to absolutely love this Apple and Bramble Hat that I am showing you here today. It's a steamed pudding, with a suet crust . . . coming out almost like a steamed pie really. Just look at that flakey pastry crust there . . . you can see the juices from the fruit on the bottom of the plate.
I suppose they call it a "hat" because this pudding slightly resembles a Turkish Fez hat. Pie, pudding, hat . . . it doesn't really matter what it is called. Just know that it is absolutely delicious, and a lot easier to make than you would suppose. If you click here, you will see a photo tutorial I did on how to do the crust, in a previous post. It's the same method for this.
This pudding is filled with lots of lovely tart cooking apple and sweet purple blackberries, with some warm baking spices, butter and a bit of lemon juice . . . all steamed until beautifully blended together for a really delicious and hearty early autumn pudding.
You tear the "hat" open a bit while it's still hot and prior to serving and drop in a nice dollop of clotted cream if you wish. It's not essential, but comes highly recommended. Otherwise you can just spoon it into bowls, warm . . . and serve it with some vanilla ice cream, pouring cream or custard (creme anglaise.) That of course is up to you and how decadent and naughty you feel like being. ☺
*Apple and Bramble Hat*
A delciously simple steamed pudding filled with lightly spiced and sugared apples and blackberries, and butter . . . You are supposed to tear open the top and pop in a tablespoon of clotted cream prior to eating, but this is optional.
will be richer)
1/4 tsp ground ginger1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Note - If you don't have brambles try using some sultana raisins instead. Then it would taste somewhat like a dutch apple pie!