Brambles and Book Sale….

As I wandered down the garden the other day on my way to feed the chickens and collect their eggs, I looked up into the tangle of brambles that continually threatens to overpower our fence and noticed the first delicate pale pink flowers had opened.  This set me to thinking…. blackberries in a couple of months, so I need to use up any frozen ones left from last year’s bumper crop.

Heading back into the house with four fresh eggs in my container (the hens are laying well, four eggs daily – we eat a lot of eggs!!), I wondered if there was any way to combine blackberries and eggs into something delicious?  After a quick rummage through my recipe collection I came up with a recipe for Cherry Clafoutis which I remembered was rather nice.  And why not substitute blackberries for cherries? I thought.  So I did! If you’d like to make your own using any kind of berries then the recipe is as follows…..

Blackberry Clafoutis

Pre-heat your oven to 180C

Mix together 60g plain flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 3 large eggs, 60g sugar, 300ml milk, a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence in a blender or food processor (or a stick blender works for me) until totally smooth and leave to stand for 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, grease a 25cm round baking dish with butter, then sprinkle over a tablespoon of sugar. Sprinkle 300g blackberries over the base of the dish, then place in the oven for 5 minutes so they begin to soften.

Remove the dish from the oven and pour over the batter.  Return to oven and bake for half an hour or until puffy and golden.

I like to serve warm (not hot) with a big dollop of cream on top so that it runs down into the clafoutis as you cut slices from it.

Book Sale

As magazine subscribers may be aware, June is a five week month, which gives me an extra week before publication day (always the last Thursday of the month) to put together some new projects.

This month I’ve assembled a new pattern collection, “Friendly and Furry,” a new set of cute felt animal heads which is now listed in the bookstore.  And, to celebrate its publication I’ve decided to hold a flash book sale here on the website with 25% off all pattern collections and magazine bundles for the next 48 hours.

If you love a bargain and would like to see what’s on offer, please just CLICK HERE to visit the book store and enter code JUNE25 at checkout to receive your discount.

Please note this code cannot be used in conjunction with any other coupons and is only valid for purchases from the Bustle & Sew book store.

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