Sunday, July 11, 2010

Raspberries !



Our raspberries are ready! We love the tart, fruity flavour of fresh raspberries! A few raspberries added to things can raise the flavour to a whole new level.



We have three large red raspberry bushes, producing for the first time this year. We have purchased our fresh raspberries in the past. These bushes have produced enough berries to make one pie and one small cobbler, so far.




This is my recipe for raspberry pie filling. This makes two pies:

9 cups washed berries
3 cups sugar
1 cup flour

Cook on top of stove until thickened. Pour into prepared crust and bake at 350F for 45 mins.



You can find my pastry recipe on a previous post entitled, "
Farm Baking".

I also made a raspberry cobbler with the filling I had left. I just cooked a pot of filling from the amount of raspberries that I had saved. I picked them every day as they ripened and just kept adding them to the bucket in the freezer until it was full. I cooked them in a pot, sweetened to taste and thickened with flour dissolved in a little cold water until it was sweet and thick enough for pie. I filled the pastry and had enough left for the cobbler too.

If I don't have enough of a fruit for a pie, I make a cobbler. A cobbler is a baked fruit thing without a bottom. (A flan is a baked fruit thing without a top.)



I have been using this cobbler recipe since I was in high school. Its the best one I have ever used and it is so simple and easy!


It is very thick and is just spooned on top like biscuit dough.

This is my cobbler recipe. I make it in a loaf pan.

4 cups sweetened berries or enough to fill a loaf pan about 1/3 full.
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk

Combine dry ingredients with butter in a mixing bowl then add the milk and mix with mixer until well blended. Spoon on top of fruit in loaf pan. Bake at 375F for 45 minutes.




You can also make raspberry wine and raspberry cordial or liqueur. I collected enough berries, with the addition of some wild black ones, to make some raspberry liqueur. I just put the washed berries in a lidded jar and covered them with tasteless alcohol (vodka works for this) and added a little sugar. Its sweetened to taste. You might want to put a lot in. They will sit in there for about six weeks while I am going to shake it daily or whenever I think of it. When the six weeks are up, it will be strained and bottled and left to age. It can be imbibed immediately, but gets mellower with age. After a year it will be fabulous! I don't think it will be here in a year.

Raspberry jelly is also a favourite at our place. I run the berries through the juicer first, then make jelly with the juice, sugar and certo. I didn't have enough berries this year. I still have a few dozen jars of strawberry and peach freezer jam from two summers ago, sitting in the freezer. We don't eat very much jam.


Any leftover rapsberries get frozen in ice cube trays. I freeze everything in ice cube trays. I have bags and bags of frozen cubes of all kinds in the freezer.




Frozen cubes of rapsberries make great blender drinks on a hot day!

6 comments:

icebear said...

Yum, they are one of my favorite berries. Second only to blackberries. We have had a few fresh raspberries so far over here. I suppose i could say they were from my own bushes...they are from a bush my neighbors planted in their yard but the runners got into my flower bed like crazy..! so the berries came from my garden, but the plant was theirs to begin with. lol They are almost thumb sized and tasty so i might start cultivating them with a purpose. Not sure i could get them out for good if i tried. :o)

Granny J said...

There are several raspberry bushes at my sister's place. No one lives there now and they'll go to waste. I think I'll go up today and see how many berries I can pick. That cobbler sure looks good.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Ours never make that many. But, the blackberries compensate by making a ton.

Everything looks good!

Homestead Roots said...

I love your blog! We are wanting to plant some raspberry and blackberry bushes next spring...these are some fantastic ideas for how to use the berries!!

Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm said...

I got a large bowlful today from our three red bushes and the wild ones combined. I am going to start collecting them to make a gallon of wine.

Icebear, I would dig them out the ones on my side and start my own berry garden with them.

That cobbler was delicious!

Ramona, I love blackberries too, but don't have any. They are not as popular up here, I don't know why. Maybe they don't grow as well in this colder climate?

Homestead Roots, I'm glad you like my blog! There is also raspberry syrup for waffles!

Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm said...

I got a large bowlful today from our three red bushes and the wild ones combined. I am going to start collecting them to make a gallon of wine.

Icebear, I would dig them out the ones on my side and start my own berry garden with them.

That cobbler was delicious!

Ramona, I love blackberries too, but don't have any. They are not as popular up here, I don't know why. Maybe they don't grow as well in this colder climate?

Homestead Roots, I'm glad you like my blog! There is also raspberry syrup for waffles!