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Amazing Fruit Recipes Part 1

By: Kate Bradbury - Updated: 2 Sep 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
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There’s nothing like hauling in a giant harvest of fruit from your own garden and thinking about the delicious recipes you are going to make with them. From jams and crumbles to elegant fools, there are plenty of exciting ways to eat your fruit. Below is a selection of delicious recipes you can make using fruit from your garden:

Apple and Blackberry Crumble
Ingredients:

250g (9oz) blackberries
400g (16oz) cooking apples

For the topping

225g (8oz) plain flour
175g (6oz) butter
55g (2oz) Demerara sugar

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F) gas mark 6
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour with the butter and sugar and rub it all together until it is in tiny, crumbly pieces
  • Peel, core and cut the apples into small pieces (it’s important that you do this after making the crumble mixture as you don’t want the apples to go brown)
  • Mix blackberries and apples together and place in a shallow baking dish
  • Use a spoon to gently spread the crumble topping evenly over the fruit
  • Bake in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes until crisp and golden
  • Leave to cool and serve with cream or ice cream
Serves six

Blackcurrant Fool
Ingredients:

450g (1lb) blackcurrants
175g caster sugar
150ml (1/4pt) whipped cream
150ml (5fl oz) plain yoghurt

Method

  • Place blackcurrants in a non-stick pan
  • Add the sugar and a little water
  • Bring to the boil and stir them gently until the sugar is completely dissolved
  • Push the blackcurrant puree through a sieve to get rid of the pips
  • Add the yoghurt to the cream and mix together
  • When the blackcurrant puree is cool, stir it into the cream mixture gently
  • Pour the mixture into glasses and chill in the fridge for 2 hours
Serves four

Gooseberry Jam
Ingredients:

2.7 kg (6lb) gooseberries
2.7 kg (6lb) sugar

Method

  • Place gooseberries in a pan with 1.1l (2pt) water. Simmer gently for 30 minutes, until the fruit is really soft
  • Remove from the heat, add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved
  • Boil rapidly for about 10 minutes. Test to see if it has set, then take the pan off the heat
And pot up into sterilised jars.

Plum Cheesecake
Ingredients:

110g (4oz) plums (halved and stoned)
55g (2oz) unsalted butter
6 digestive biscuits, crumbled
110g (4 oz) low fat cream cheese

For the garnish:

4 orange segments
1 sprig of fresh mint
Icing sugar to dust

Method

  • Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the biscuits until thoroughly mixed
  • Take off the heat and spoon the biscuit mixture into a large circular dish or chef’s ring
  • Place the plums on top of the biscuit mix
  • Top with the cream cheese and smooth the top using a palette knife
  • Garnish with orange segments and mint and lightly dust with icing sugar
Serves six

Strawberry Cake
Ingredients:

4 eggs (separated)
175g (6oz) sugar
175g (6oz) self raising flour
1 tbsp vegetable oil
4 tbsp boiling water
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
284ml double cream
500g (20oz) fresh strawberries
100g (4oz) hazelnuts (chopped and toasted)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) gas mark 4.
  • Grease and line the base of a 20cm (6in) cake tin
  • Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until stiff
  • Add the sugar and whisk until the mixture is smooth, then add the egg yolks
  • Sieve the flour over the mixture and fold in with a metal spoon
  • Drizzle the oil, boiling water and vanilla essence into the mixture and fold in
  • Pour into the cake tin and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes
  • Cool the cooked cake on a rack then cut it in to two horizontal pieces
  • Top one of the cake pieces with half of the cream and half of the strawberries and sandwich the pieces together
  • Spread the remaining cream over the top and sides of the cake and sprinkle with the toasted hazelnuts. Cut the remaining strawberries and arrange them on the surface of the cake
Serves eight

Berry Nice Smoothie
Ingredients:

1 banana
A handful each of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries (or whatever else you have in your garden)
50ml apple juice
A dollop of ice cream (optional)

Method

  • Slice the banana into pieces and add the ingredients to the blender and mix until smooth
  • If the mixture is too runny, add another banana
  • Serve immediately
Serves one

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I'm going to make the strawberry cake this weekend - thanks for this!
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