Sunday, September 27, 2009

Berry Finale

As the curtain comes down on Berry Season 2009 at Restoration Farm, we present “berries baked two ways” for our final number.

On stage right, is the beautiful blackberry and raspberry buckle, inspired by my friend Miss Tera who believes that the true mark of someone who appreciates food is that they go out of their way to share the experience. So she shared this recipe for her grandmother’s blueberry buckle.

I guess I’m not a stickler for tradition, since I used a combination of raspberries and blackberries, which melted into a rich, deep red sauce, but Miss Tera assures me that there were, in fact, raspberries growing in her grandmother’s garden, and she was known to toss a few blackberries into her buckle.

I’ll leave it to Miss Tera to explain the different between a buckle, a grunt, a crumble, and all those other baked berry deserts. She’s the expert.

I have some experience with cobblers. My great great grandfather was a shoemaker in London. On stage left is the blushing berry cobbler. I tucked the final pint of raspberries under a mosaic of cornmeal batter. The tart, tangy berries are a tasty contrast to the nutty cornmeal crunch.

Adorn with your choice of toppings for a standing ovation.

Until next season!

© 2009 T.W. Barritt All Rights Reserved

12 comments:

My Carolina Kitchen said...

As the curtain comes down, as they say, I hope you can hear my applause for its final (delicious) act of the season. Good-bye sweet berries; see you next year.

My brother in law and his wife were our house guests last weekend here in the mountains. I asked him if he lived near Restoration Farms and showed him your blog. Sure enough he's about two exits away (he lives in Mineola). Small world.
Sam

Julia said...

I hope Miss Tera explains the difference between all those different desserts! I've always wanted to know.

In the meantime, I'll dream about getting me a piece of that buckle! Both desserts look fabulous!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Now that's an authentic cobbler! The topping should resemble a cobblestone road. I'm always sad when berry season comes to an end. That's why I store some in my freezer.
Now... let the pumpkin recipes begin!

Helene said...

This looks so yummy.

Fresh Local and Best said...

I love making cobblers, especially ones that involve berries. It's just so simple and a big crowd-pleaser! This recipe looks great and is a wonderful homage to the close of the season.

~~louise~~ said...

I wish Berry Season 2009 was merely a dress rehearsal.

I'll take a generous portion of both during intermission. Lovely, T.W. simply lovely...

Buckles, Grunts and Cobblers, now that's American Cuisine! (with a side of meat loaf and mashed potatoes:)

Stacey Snacks said...

I hate to see em go, but on to bigger and better things.......like butternut squash!

Velva said...

Ahhh!!! I love berry buckles! YUM. I just need a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go on top of that delicious dessert and I would be over the edge happy. Love it! Thanks.

veron said...

Love them berries. So versatile. What a fitting finale!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Thank you for sharing the wonderful season at Restoration Farm. I really enjoyed reading about the goodies in your CSA box each week.

Lori Lynn said...

The final presentation in that beautiful blue bowl, bravo!
LL

Jann said...

What a great looking dessert~miss these sweet berries in the winter.