A visit to
get’s me every time.
All it takes is a sweet little hand to pull me aside to give me those old familiar pangs!
But there is also much goodness in the garden.
A recent visit with Trina at A Country Farmhouse yielded a heavenly harvest of berries, the privilege of sharing her beautiful photographs & a great opportunity for me to share my recipe for
Blackberry Syrup Liqueur
Picking blueberries and picking blackberries can be two very different experiences.
Soft and squishy blackberries are hiding in brambles.
Brambles come with these!
It’s sooooo worth it though!
1 1/2 pints blackberries
2 tablespoons or 3 or 4 of your favorite brandy
2 tablespoons of orange juice
3 tablespoons of honey
BLACKBERRY SYRUP LIQUEUR
Pick over the berries and reserve 1 cup of the smallest and most attractive. Muddle by hand or in a food processor, puree the remaining 2 cups berries with the brandy, orange juice, and honey. Transfer the mixture to a sieve set over a medium bowl. Press the puree through the sieve and discard the seeds.
Just before serving, stir in the reserved whole berries.
Makes about 2 cups of syrup.
Serve over vanilla ice cream or custard.
Tonight I’ll use our favorite Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream but just in case you’re somewhere that’s still nice and warm, here ya go!
HOMEMADE VANILLA ICE CREAM
⅔ cups Sugar
2 whole Large Eggs, At Room Temperature
2 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
¼ teaspoons Salt
2-½ Tablespoons Heavy Cream, Plus Enough Skim Milk To Equal 1 2/3 Cups Liquid
1 cup Heavy Cream
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the sugar into the eggs until thick and pale yellow. Beat in the flour and salt and set aside.
Bring the 1 2/3 cups of heavy cream and skim milk mixture to a simmer in a medium-sized heavy saucepan. Slowly beat the hot milk into the egg and sugar mixture. Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat. Stir constantly with a whisk until the custard thickens slightly (it should coat the back of a spoon). Do not let the mixture boil or you will have scrambled eggs.
Pour the hot custard through a strainer into a large, clean bowl. Allow the custard to cool slightly. Add the remaining 1 cup of cream and the vanilla. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled or overnight. I prefer to let mine chill overnight.
Stir the chilled custard mixture and then freeze in your ice cream machine, according to the manufacturer’s directions. This ice cream is delicious when it is at soft-serve stage. You can also freeze the ice cream for a firmer texture.
I urge you to curl up in your favorite spot and have a nice long visit at the farmhouse. She’s already harvesting pears!
Y’all have a wonderful weekend!