Ripe berries are around from mid to late September. Find a sunny secluded spot for best pickings.
Pick blackberries...it's free, and wholesome fun for all the family!
Gather as many as you like and can find
For the crumble you'll need 1 kilo
When you get home, place your berries in a colander in the sink
Rinse gently with running water
Or fill bowl up with water and soak berries briefly. You need to let the little bits (leaves, bugs, dust etc) float to the surface of the water and tip it off carefully. Do this several times.
Preheat oven to 175
Place cleaned berries into a small ovenproof pie or loaf dish
Grate the zest of an orange
Add zest to berries
Squeeze in the juice of the orange
Mix gently with your hands
Rub the butter and sugar and flour together with your fingertips until it resembles fine crumbs
Pat the crumble mixture onto the berries
Put into preheated oven
After approximately 40 minutes it should be crisp and golden on top. Remove from oven
Serve generous portions!
Add double cream and enjoy the fruits of your labours!