I remember the first time I ate blackberries. I was in the woods with Dad exploring rural Nova Scotia in the summer, and he pointed out the blackberry cane and said they were good to eat. My first impression was “most delicious marvelous”.
I bought some blackberries the other day and wondered what I could make.
Time required: 3 hours (40 min prep, 1 hr baking, 1 hr cooling)
Yields: one loaf
Total cost if you have none of the ingredients: $32.00
Kitchen implements I used: loaf pan 8″ x 4″
- 2 C flour
- 1 TSP baking powder
- ½ TSP baking soda
- ½ TSP salt
- ½ C to ¾ C sugar (less for sweet berries, more for tart)
- 1 large egg
- 1 TSP vanilla
- 3 TBSP vegetable oil
- ½ C milk
- 2 lemons (squeeze ¼ C lemon juice)
- 1½ C blackberries, washed and drained
Step 1 – preheat oven to 177°C / 350°F. Lightly grease and flour loaf pan.
Step 2 – using large bowl, whisk together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Divide this in half.
Step 3 – using medium bowl, whisk together: sugar, egg, vanilla, and vegetable oil.
Oops, forgot the vegetable oil.
Step 4 – stir half of the dry mix into the wet.
Step 5 – stir in milk and lemon juice. Added the forgotten vegetable oil.
Step 6 – stir remaining dry mix into wet.
Step 7 – fold in berries. Don’t over stir the batter now or the berries will bleed (unless you want purple streaks through the loaf, if so go crazy)
Step 8 – spoon batter into pan, use spatula to flatten it out
Step 9 – bake 40-50 minutes, when loaf is done toothpick comes out clean (I baked this for 55 min and found the top a bit overdone). Run a knife along the edges of the loaf to loosen from the pan.
Step 10 – let loaf sit in pan for 10 minutes before removing from pan, then cool one hour before slicing. Oh bloody hell not again!!
Sigh. This is now the 5th time my cake-like creation has cracked in twain. On the other hand, I did get a really interesting picture that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.
I’m getting really tired of this!!
Verdict: it tasted lovely but looked hideous. I’m at a loss as to why this keeps happening. Next time I’ll reduce baking time by 10 minutes, but I’m not sure what to do to prevent the splitting. <sad face>