Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Mulberry Just Cares For Me

Hmmn mulberries.. you forgotten fruit of childhood.
We would collect branches from the tree, and keep them in a shoe-box.. where we'd watch our little silk worms, grow, and transform..
Always eating, eating, eating.. and then spinning, spinning, spinning..
We would squish the berries between our teeth, purple trickling down our chins, as we walked home from school..

There is a tree on my walk home now. I watch it change through the year, waiting for the berries to come. They are there now. Almost black and full of juice, leaving their lovely impressions on the ground below.

So, mulberry pie..
2/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup plain flour
1/8 cup canola oil
1 Tbs cold water
1 Tbs maple syrup

1 1/2 cups mulberries (washed, destemmed)
2 Tbs jam (I used plum)
1/2 cup water
2 tsp arrowroot (or cornflour)
2 Tbs maple syrup

1.Mix almond meal and flour together in a bowl, and add oil and water, combining with a fork as you go. You want a nice crumbley consitency to start with. As the dough begins to form, add the maple syrup, and mix to combine well, until mixture forms a dough.
2.Form dough into a ball and chill until berries are ready.
3.Put jam and water in a small sauce pan, on medium heat, and stir well as heated, to created a syrupy mixture.
4.Add maple syrup and arrowroot to the syrup (mix the arrowroot with a tiny bit of water first, so it doesn't clump together in your syrup).
5.Pour syrup over berries, and stir well to combine. Squish berries roughly with a fork.
6.Take chilled dough, and spread inside a small greased pie dish. Start in the centre and work your way out.
7.Pour berries into pie dish and bake in a pre-heated 200C oven for about 15 minutes

Easy and yummy!

If you can't get enough of mulberries- sigh, only for those in the southern hemmisphere this time of year.. follow this link:

I'm thinking of making it for a party in a couple of weeks.


VeggieGirl said...

What a lovely story about your childhood - thanks for sharing it!! I've never had mulberries before, but this pie sounds like a delicious way to try/eat mulberries for the first time :0)

Sally Veganini said...

Hi Veggiegirl,

Thanks for visiting my little blog, and saying hello :D

Mulberries aren't very sweet, straight from the tree.. this is a really nice way to eat them