Dessert

Dessert

According to folklore, blackberries were supposed to have been harvested and used up by this date, because when Satan was kicked out of Heaven, he landed in a bramble patch – and returns each year to curse and spit on the fruits of the plant he landed on, rendering them inedible thereafter. So a blackberry dessert is a great way to spite Satan with sweetness.

Blackberry Crumble (serves 4)

2 cups washed blackberries (thawed if frozen)
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice, or juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

Put blackberries in a 1-quart baking dish with half of the sugar. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Cream butter, remaining sugar, flour, and salt together; sprinkle over berries.
Bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Serve warm or cold with cream, ice cream, or dessert sauce.

Source: http://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecost10.html

The website IrishCultureandCustoms.com offers another old Irish dessert recipe in keeping with the blackberry theme, and this one incorporates another plentiful fall favorite: apples.

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