Monday, August 6, 2012

Berry, Berry, Berry Good

We are currently in a glory of fruit. This year, the melons, the nectarines and the berries seem sweeter than ever, and so abundant that our funny little farmer's market has become the quintessential cornucopia. The plum trees in the neighborhood are bent down with sweet fruit and people are even leaving their bounty on our doorstep anonymously. Who knew that cool, overcast and windy summers = bountiful fruit?

Last week, at the farmer's market, my favorite berry vendor, Juan, who works for Rodriguez Brothers Farms, had plump blackberries and tangy raspberries as well as the sweetest strawberries this side of Heaven. We bought our usual three-pack of organic strawberries, then added a basket each of blackberries and raspberries. That's a lot of berries for two people to eat in three days (they are so ripe, they only last three days) but we usually give a basket or two away to friends (like Chilebrown, who gave me the curing salts for my bacon) or to neighbors.

When we got them home, I wasn't in the mood for the egginess of clafouti, but I remembered a post on Hungry Dog that talked about a berry-filled cake so I searched it out and made it one afternoon in time to serve it warm for dessert. 

This one is a keeper. It's called Blackberry Upside-Down Cake, from I followed the recipe except I used a mixture of blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. It was pretty easy to make and quick - I preheated the oven while I mixed the cake and actually had to wait a few extra minutes for the oven to come up to full temperature. You use only one bowl, a single cake pan, a beater, a measuring cup or two and a couple of spoons - not a lot of dishes to wash afterwards.

Having never tasted the full-on blackberry version, I can't compare the two, but I can tell you that the mixed-berry version was berry, berry, berry good.  Topped with vanilla ice cream, it went all the way to transcendent.


Blogger Hungry Dog said...

So glad you liked it!!

Monday, August 06, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my favourite time of year for food. I love to eat the glut of berries and drupes. The blackberry upsidedown cake looks a bit like the rhubarb pudding I made a week or so ago. I'll have to score some blackberries to try this recipe. They aren't ripe around here yet so I'd have to buy. Or wait.

Monday, August 06, 2012  
Blogger Greg said...

That photo makes me happy and hungry!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Hungry Dog, thanks for the tip - I will make this one again and again.

Yesteryum, file it away for when the blackberries are ripe. It's worth the wait!

Greg, thanks. Make one for Avril - she will thank you!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012  
Blogger namastenancy said...

I made mixed berry shortcake with sweet home made biscuits, topped with sweet cream/whipped yogurt. It is probably easier to make than your cake but since I freeze the biscuits after I make them, easier to control my portions. I think our dry hot weather is good for some of the stone fruits but then, I'm not a farmer so what would I know?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, the berries all come from the coast (Watsonville), so they must love cool and overcast. Stone fruits, I think, do come from the valley where it's hot and dry.

Friday, August 10, 2012  

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