See this tree? I look at it every day, from the study window. As trees go, it’s not so special to look at. But for two months in summer it gives satisfaction to three households, by providing them with mulberries, day after day after day.
Although they grow on trees, mulberries are a bit like loganberries, or a cross between raspberries and blackberries. They’re tart, yet sweet, and very moreish indeed. I can’t pass the tree without scavenging on the lawn for a handful to eat.
I collect a dishful every morning to put on my cereal. We add them to summer pudding, to yoghurt, to ice cream. We bake with them. We make syrups, cordials and mulberry gin with them. And the tree goes on and on, producing more and more fruits, every day from July to September.
The birds ignore them. We don’t. Such a satisfying job, collecting our daily ration of free fruit.
Here’s a recipe I tried out this week. It’s adapted from one of Nigel Slater’s reliably tasty offerings. No mulberries? Poor you. Use raspberries, tayberries, loganberries or blackberries instead. They’ll be good too.
Mulberry and apricot cake
- 175 g. butter
- 175 g. golden caster sugar
- c. 200 g. apricots
- 170 g. mulberries
- 2 eggs
- 175 g. self-raising flour
- 100 g. ground nuts – I used a mixture of walnuts and almonds. Hazelnuts are good too.
- 2 tablespoons of milk.
20 cm. loose-bottomed cake tin, lined. Oven temp 180 degrees (Gas 4)
- Stone and roughly chop the apricots.
- Cream butter and sugar together till pale and fluffy.
- Beat the eggs lightly and add to the creamed mixture a little at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour if necessary to prevent curdling.
- Slowly incorporate the flour and ground nuts, then the milk, then the apricots and mulberries.
- Scrape the mixture into the cake tin. I added a few extra mulberries on the top – this was decoration enough on the finished cake.
- Bake for an hour and ten minutes. Test with a skewer.
- Leave to cool, then turn out onto a plate. Eat.
And that’s my offering for this week’s WordPress photo challenge: satisfaction