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Friday, 20 August 2010

Winberrying



My blog is featured over at Mama's Little Nestwork! Mama Hen is one of the sweetest bloggers you could hope to meet, and the Nestwork is shaping up to be a fabulous, supportive community. I'd like to extend a special welcome to anyone visiting for the first time today.

Winberries

Winberries, bilberries... call them what you will, but whatever you do, don't get them confused with blueberries. These are smaller, and much more tasty.

I have fond childhood memories of going out to pick these little berries every summer. We developed a family tradition of going out on my dad's birthday and then coming home to make a pie with our harvest. They don't grow in the part of the country where I live now, so when I realised I was going to be back up north for my dad's birthday this year, I suggested we could revive the habit.

Winberry picking

Local, seasonal, and free - this is the way food should be. They're messy to pick, and you have to hunt for the tiny berries in amongst the leaves of the plant, but it's absolutely worth the effort.

Winberry bush

Winberries

Winberry Pie
Serves 2-4

for the pastry
100g butter
200g flour
40g sugar

for the filling
300g fresh winberries/bilberries
25g soft brown sugar

  1. Mix the flour with the sugar for the pastry.
     
  2. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the flour / sugar mixture.

  3. Add a little water until you have a firm dough.

  4. Grease a deep 7in pie dish (loose-based will make things easier later).

  5. Divide the pastry into two - approximately 1/3 for the lid, and 2/3 for the base. Roll out the larger portion and line the pie dish.

  6. Wash the berries and put into the pie. Scatter sugar over the top.

  7. Roll out the remaining pastry to make a lid. Puncture a couple of holes in the top to let steam escape, and bake for about 20 minutes at 180°C, until the pastry is crisp.

  8. Serve hot with cream or custard.


52 comments:

Sarah (Chez Lee) said...

Sounds scrumptious!!! Birthday greetings to your Dad and happy eating (I doubt there was a crumb left!). Sarah x

Kristin said...

Mmmmm, that sounds most delish!

Jenn said...

That sounds really yummy! Thanks for stopping by today!

Pam said...

They look delicious but unfortunately, I don't think there's a chance of finding them here.

The Blonde Duck said...

I've never heard of winberries!

LindyLouMac said...

We used to call these hurts (not sure of spelling) and they grew on Leith Hill where we lived in southern England.

LindyLouMac said...

Rachel where are you featured I just clicked the link and last entry was for August 17th and I could find no mention of you or your blog:(

Sam Liu said...

I used to love going berry picking, it's such a wonderful and fun pastime. Sadly, I don't do it as much now, though I'd like to take it up again. And thank you for the recipe, it sounds delicious :D

Mammatalk said...

Lovely recipe and congrats on the feature. Nestwork? Clever. Simply must check it out!

LambAround said...

I've never heard of these! Sadly, there aren't many places to pick berries in Albuquerque. Plenty of pinons though!

Tractor Mom said...

We have wild berries that are MUCH lower to the ground than these. We call them Huckleberries. They are wonderful!! The bear's think so too! We have seen black bear while we were in the woods picking some huckleberries before! It was soooo cool....

Come by when you can...

www.frugaltractormom.blogspot.com

Mama Hen said...

Hey Rachel,
Thank you for being the featured blogger in the Nestwork! This looks delicious! Have a great weekend my friend!

Mama Hen

parkanista said...

This sounds delicous!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

lakeviewer said...

Foraging is the best way to eat!

Writing Without Periods! said...

I've never heard of these before. They look very "good for you" kind of food. Been to the beach for a week. Want to go back.
mary

Buckeroomama said...

We love to go berry-picking! Thanks for sharing the recipe. =)

Stopping by from Mama's Little Nestwork.

Your newest follower.

Mamahood, Among Other Things...

Ms. Mayra said...

I would love to go "picking"!

These look yummy and the recipe sounds scrumptious.

Congrats on being featured! =]

Hannah said...

I am a new follower from Mama's little nestwork! Those look so good. I am a huge blueberry fan so if they are better then them I know I would love those! I think it is so great that you were able to revive the old tradition, that is really cool! I Hope you have a great weekend!

http://ourhappyhomeblog.blogspot.com

Emily said...

Fun and Yummy - two of my favorite things! Hope everyone enjoys it. Congrats on being featured! Stopping in from the nestwork.
emily
www.familyandlifeinlv.com

Wanda said...

Hey, popped in from the Nestwork. You had me at your opening line in your profile - "I approach every day with an eye for adventure". I love that.

I think I've had these berries before and always thought they were blueberries - only really tasty ones. Thanks for this distinction. And the great recipes.

I look forward to reading and learning more!

And congrats on this honor. This is a pretty cool network.

Jinnia Low said...

Winberries...they even LOOK tasty! Thanks for educating us on them, I learned something new today :) Congrats on being featured on the Nestwork! Have a fabulous weekend!

Natasha said...

How wonderful to learn about these berries-I have never heard of them before.

Lovely to meet you via the "Nestwork"-your blog is fabulous!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Dave King said...

I can see that they are smaller - but more tasty than blueberries? Impossible!

Liz said...

Congratulations on being featured! I have never had, nor heard of, either of those berries before! :)

This Mom said...

Just found you through the Nest and I am now a follower! Looking forward to learning more about you and your adventures! Your travel page looks amazing!

I have not heard of these berries either...but my last name is Winn, so it would be very cute for me to serve them! :-)

Kate @ This Mom Loves

Nicole Montgomery said...

What a beautifully revived tradition!

Adrienne said...

I'm stopping by from the Mama's Nestwork. Congrats on your feature! :) I've never heard of these berries before. If they're better than blueberries they must be delicious!

Amy said...

Visiting from the Nestwork! Those berries really do look delicious, and to pick them? I love doing stuff like that! Congrats on being featured!

Adeena said...

Visiting from the Nestwork! Congrats on the feature.

Those look awesome! :D I love blueberries, so if they're anything like them, they must be delicious. :)

Stacie said...

Hi! Following from the Nestwork! I have never heard of these berries before -- but the recipe looks wonderful!

christine said...

I'm so glad you managed to find some:-) It was a good tradition, and a wonderful way to mark your Dad's 60th xx Mum

Life with the Lebedas said...

That sounds great!! Love blueberries!

Congrats on being featured!

Jennifer @ Life with the Lebedas

Life with the Lebedas said...

lol i didn't finished my sentence - i love blueberries and bet I'd love those too!

YayaOrchid said...

I come by way of Momma's nestwork. I ♥ your blog and plan to visit often. I will be following you as well as on Twitter. Hope you can visit my site as well.

Ruth said...

congrats on the feature Rachel! berry picking on your dad's birthday sounds so fun. Hope you have a great weekend!!

~Lisa~ said...

What a great tradition. Lovely blog and congrats on the feature. Happy birthday to your dad!

Jen@BigBinder said...

Very nice!! I will have to figure out a way to convert your recipes, it looks like you have some wonderful ones on here. Congrats on being featured, now that I'm here I completely understand why!

Bibliomama said...

Cool -- but I WILL not believe that ANY berry is tastier than wild Ontario blueberries. Never. Ever.

HeartBabyHome said...

/nestwork
My kids LOVE blueberries, so I'm thinking they'd gobble these up! Sounds Yummy!!

Kirsten said...

Stopping by from the Nestwork and am glad I did! What beautiful pictures! Those berries look delicious and the recipe sounds even more enticing! Glad Mama Hen featured you! Your blog is wonderful!

MamaOnDaGo said...

Hello! I'm part of the Nestwork and wanted to give support to a fellow member. I've learned a number of things from England. Wineberries and beetroot. I wonder if I can get these here in the US.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Smaller and more tasty? That sounds extraordinary!

adriel, from the mommyhood memos said...

congrats on your feature at the nestwork! those berries and recipe look so delish! :)

Danielle said...

Congrats on being featured! I love blueberries and that recipe looks great!!

ladyfi said...

They look just like what the Swedes call blueberries! Tasty.

Cassiopeia said...

What a wonderful idea to recycle a childhood memory and go berry picking with dad again.

I remember picking blueberries in the marsh with my grandmother, mother and aunts every summer. When my younger cousins were toddlers, we'd sit them on a blanket with a cup full of berries and pick around them. Little ones would eat more than they picked, but that was part of the fun!

Once a bear came to do some berry picking of his own, so we had to skidaddle quickly with babies, toddlers and berry baskets in tow!

Thanks for reminding me of some pleasant childhood memories, congrats on being featured on Mama Hen's Nestwork, and wish your dad a happy birthday!

Jen said...

Saw you featured on the Nestwork! Congrats! Looking forward to reading more. :)

Leanne said...

So lovely - I just adore the photos (blue hands are so lovely when caused by berry picking!!!) I'm stopping by from your Mama Nestwork feature - congratulations!!! I'm a follower now, so I'll be back!!! So nice to meet you!

TV's Take said...

They looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Congrats on being featured, and thanks for sharing that recipe!

Bells said...

one of the big drawcards to the Nth Hemisphere for me is berry season. I'd love to be there for it. We have it here but it's not native, on the whole. I have longed to go cloudberry picking in Scandanavia. I'll add Winberries to my list of berry dreams now!

Miss Szymanski said...

Visiting from the Nestwork! Congrats on the feature! :D

These berries look yummy; I'm a big blueberry fan, and some of my family likes to go blueberry picking at a local market. I have never heard of Winberries before now... interesting!

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