Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Old-Fashioned Blackberry Pudding



We're still weeks away from berry season in Oregon, but before I can plan for the new season's bounty I have to use the last of the old. While we always end up with more blackberries than we need, we've found ways to guarantee they won't go to waste. The blackberry bonanza begins early in the season with the fabled Marionberry. Then comes the harvest of wild Himalayan berries, the fruit of a pernicious weed intent on strangling anything in its path. These berries are free for the taking from bushes that line roads and highways in rural, and not so rural, areas of the state. They make great jams and jellies. Late in the season, my favorite, the lusciously sweet and nearly seedless Chester berry takes a bow and it's time to put by syrups and cordials for the holidays. Today's recipe can be made using any cane berry. I love to make it with the last of my frozen Chester berries. It takes 10 minutes to assemble and it's as healthy for you as any dessert, save fresh fruit, can be. I think you like this homely treasure.

Old-Fashioned Blackberry Pudding


Ingredients:
1 pound blackberries
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 large egg
1/3 cup light brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 cup self-rising flour

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 5 8-ounce custard cups with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2) Place berries, sugar and orange zest in a large bowl. Lightly toss until thoroughly combined. Spoon an equal portion of berries into each custard cup. Set aside.
3) Place egg and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Beat with a fork or small whisk until combined. Add butter and milk. Stir to combine. Sift in flour and fold to form a smooth batter.
4) Cover fruit with batter. Bake in middle of oven until top is firm and golden, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool until lukewarm. Sprinkle with crystallized sugar if desired. Yield: 5 servings.

Cook's Note: To make a self-rising flour sift 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt with 1 cup all-purpose flour.

48 comments:

Selba said...

I love blackberry jam... I believe I would love eating this blackberry pudding, it looks so good :)

Martha said...

We only have one kind on the prairie -- blackberries and there season is far too short but oh my, are they sweet. I'll save this recipe for blackberry time.

Chow and Chatter said...

yum yum abd great presentation

Mariana said...

I love how you are using local produce and being environmentally conscious. I imagine this pudding tastes all the better for it. It's interesting that berries can be found along highways, yet I wonder how many people actually stop to pick some. Your post has struck a chord with me as I have just posted about my own local "berry" discovery. Please visit; I'd love to know what you think.

Katherine Aucoin said...

That looks wonderful Mary. I have a friend that fives us loads of blackberries, not I have a new recipe to try!

Penny said...

I need to find a blackberry patch somewhere. This sounds wonderful and looks heavenly.

girlichef said...

Yum! I don't have any blackberries left from last season, but I'm eagerly anticipating this year's! This looks heavenly.

Mary said...

Marianna, I headed your way and am now on my way to research the Lilly Pilly tree.

Culinary Wannabe said...

How beautiful. And I love the presentation in the little glasses.

Karen said...

I'm sure it is as delicious as it is beautiful!

Allie said...

I've got this book marked for sure, blackberries are my husband's favorite!

Pam said...

I can't wait to pick fresh blackberries - I will be making this!

Lynda said...

This looks so delicious, Mary! I love anything with Blacberries and I must use up mine from last season also.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Mary,

This is just fantastic. I am speechless. This is one of those recipes I'll be passing on to my daughter while telling her the story of this amazing cook in Oregon.

Laura

Soma said...

WOW!!! this is definitely bookmarked!! I can imagine myself eating this all day all season!

noble pig said...

Oh yes the blackberries...I have acres of them...what a great way to use them!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm intrigued...this looks fabulous!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Mary,
This looks and sounds simply delicious. Of all the fruit berries ,blackberry is my favorite, Our bushes don't look to plentiful this year though, therefore I am a little sad about that. i hope yours are very plentiful this year. Thank you for sharing, I will come back later and copy this one and use some of my frozen berries. Thank you for sharing ,and thank you for visiting me and for leaving such a sweet comment.
Sue

Katy ~ said...

Gosh, how I enjoy blackberries. They don't seem to be very plentiful here (though I can recall going berry picking with my Gram). They are very dear in the store.

After seeing your beautiful pudding, it would be worth a splurge! This looks soooo good!!!

Natashya said...

Delicious! I love blackberries. I have been using up last year's frozen berries too.. mostly in the blender with alcohol..(!)

Kathy said...

Yum!!! Looks delicious! You always have such lovely photos!!!

xinex said...

Hmmm, yummy! And the recipe looks so simple too. Thanks for sharing..Christine

Brenda said...

Oooh! This sounds so good. My great-grandmother used to bake blackberry cobblers fresh from our garden. Nothing tastes better. I'm writing this one down. I heard that the little cul de sac of garden homes where I live use to be a blackberry farm long ago.
Brenda

char72 said...

This looks so good I can almost taste it. I enjoyed the beautiful flowers on the post below as well.
Charlotte

Sofia Striffler said...

Ok that looks delicious. Now I just need the Oregon blackberries. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Mariana said...

I was delighted to see you stopped by. I really enjoyed the lilly pilly experience and thanks for your appraisal. It is an ongoing learning journey of familiar and unfamiliar foods in this big world we live in.

RobinfromCA said...

I love berries! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries but especially blackberries! This sounds like heaven! Leftover blackberries? Never at our house where we pay top dollar for them! Strawberries are a different story - we live deliciously close to strawberry heaven!

This indeed looks like one perfect bite!
Robin

KarenHarveyCox said...

Mary,
This sounds delicious. Blackberries are one of my favorite berries. I used to pick them with my grandfather in his backyard. Thank you for the recipe.
Karen

the ungourmet said...

I am crazy for blackberries! This looks almost too lovely to eat!

Cathy said...

I think I have just enough blackberries in my freezer to make your pudding. I bet a little ice cream on top would be nice too. Yummy.

Cindy said...

Hi Mary,
I'm still chuckling about your comment regarding my step-son's fish and the Mayflower moving van. I love your recipe, and your grandsons are so adorable. I'll be back, Cindy

Donna-FFW said...

Oh this looks absolutely delicious. Blackberries are on sale here this week. Thanks for the idea.

Joyce said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today and lauging at the Keebler Elves and my cake dream. My husband just came home with blackberries today and I was thinking what in the world should I bake? Your recipe is perfect timing and there goes my diet out the window again:) Looks delicious and you know I can't pass up delicious!
Joyce

Farmer Jo said...

That looks amazing! I can't wait for summer.
Where did you find those perfect custard cups?

Mary said...

Jo, I bought mine at Fred Meyer but you should be able to get them anywhere. They're 8-oz. custard cups and they come with a blue lid.

Jude said...

Had no idea there were so many varities. I want to try them all :)

Killlashandra said...

Sounds delicious to me. Blackberries are one of those things I miss about living in Washington. They don't grow real well down here in NM unfortunately. We get great melons though. :)

Mary said...

Welcome to all the newcomers to One Perfect Bite. I hope you'll be back often.

oneordinaryday said...

We love blackberries. Thanks for the recipe!

Mary said...

Ordinary Day, just a quick hello and big welcome to One Perfect Bite. I hope you'll visit often.

b. said...

this is one of the BEST recipes i've tested in a long time. i recently made this when my boyfriend's father was in town visiting to go along w/the dinner i prepared. everyone gushed about how delicious it was and continued to lick their plates clean.
i didn't do the individual servings, because i wanted it to look a bit more old-fashioned. i also used frozen blackberries. served w/vanilla ice cream [of course!] AMAZING. thank-you!

Mary said...

b., I'm so glad you enjoyed the blackberry pudding. I can't tell you how nice it is to get feedback.

What Jim Eats said...

My French Canadian Grandmother/Memere used to make a very similar dessert with fresh raspberries. We always referred to it as Raspberry Pudding but never really knew why as it is more of an upside down cake. Yours is the first similar recipe I have come across also called pudding. Thanks.

Debbie said...

My Grandmother used to make what she called Blackberry Zonkers. She lived her whole Life in a small town In North Carolina. Was basically Biscuit dough dropped into boiling sweeetened blackberries. These dumplings were fabulous with a bit of cream.

How to Make Vanilla said...

Great recipe!

Thanks from MakingVanilla.com

Englishannie said...

Ladies, how I envy you all, picking blackberries. As a child I spent many hours "Blackberry picking" in the UK.
Now I have to content my longing at the local supermarket, paying top dollar (cdn). I am certainly trying this recipe, love your site.

WarsawNan said...

Step #4 "Cover fruit with berries." Should it be "cover fruit with batter"?

Mary Bergfeld said...

Nan, thanks for letting me know. I've made the correction. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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