Recipe: Brambleberry Bumble

IN ONTARIO, WE GATHER WILD BLUEBERRIES AS WELL AS ELDERBERRIES, CRANBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES AND WILD OR ESCAPED RASPBERRIES FOR OUR COBBLERS AND BUMBLES

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘STALKING THE WILD FIDDLEHEADS‘.

Bumble. It’s a word I’ve coined to describe berries baked with honey and a crumbly topping. In Canada, we make berry or apple cobbler, crumble, crisp, grunt, buckle and pandowdy. Why not add another descriptive? In Eastern Canada, we can gather foxberries, black or choke cherries, bunchberries, and huckleberries. Saskatoon and silver buffalo berries reign in the west. And right here in Ontario and Quebec, we gather wild blueberries (smaller and tarter than domestic varieties), as well as elder berries, cranberries, blackberries, and wild or escaped raspberries. (Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 5 cups fresh or frozen wild berries or blueberries
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup honey or coconut nectar
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • BUMBLE TOPPING:
  • ½ cup butter or soft coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups large flake rolled oats
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 375° F (190° C).

2) Grease an 8-inch (20 cm) baking dish and toss berries, lemon juice, honey and flour together.

3) Spread mixture evenly over the bottom of the dish.

4) In a bowl, using a wooden spoon, cream butter, flour and sugar together.

5) Stir in rolled oats, cinnamon and salt and mix until crumbly.

6) Spread evenly over berries in the dish.

7) Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until top is golden and berries are bubbling.

As a professional Home Economist (BAA, Ryerson Univ., Toronto) and Culinary Herbalist, Pat’s passion for healthy food is fused with her knowledge and love of herbs. She has honed her herb practice over more than four decades of growing, studying, photographing, experimenting with, and writing about what she calls the helping plants. In fact, Crocker marries the medicinal benefits of herbs in every original recipe she develops. An award-winning author, Pat has written 22 herb/healthy cookbooks, including The Healing Herbs Cookbook, The Juicing Bible, and most recently The Herbalist’s Kitchen (Sterling, 2018), and Healing Cannabis Edibles. She has over 1.5 million books in print and translated to over 11 languages. Watch for her next book, Cooking and Healing with Cannabis to be launched in 2020. And to find out more about Cannabis and Pat Crocker’s books and appearances, visit www.patcrocker.com

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