Raspberry recipes on The Cottage Smallholder sitePosted by Fiona Nevile in Desserts, Fruit, Liqueurs | 6 comments
I love raspberries. Could eat them every day. When I was working in London and dining out a lot, I would often order fresh raspberries with a sprinkle of castor sugar for dessert. Friends tucking into waist expanding desserts would think that I was mad or on an impromptu diet. They didn’t realise that each savoured mouthful took me into the heart of a long summer’s day.
Luckily for me, raspberries are packed with vitamins and minerals and are classed as a super food. But the time that it takes to harvest them makes them rather expensive to buy – poor Danny had to spend hours picking them as a child and quickly developed an aversion to this fruit. We grow them here at the cottage and down on the allotment and I am happily the sole picker. Raspberries freeze very well too – if you fast freeze them on trays they can be grabbed by the handful when you need them. Frozen raspberries can be used to make liqueurs, vinegar, jellies and even wine.
Although it will be a few weeks until our raspberries will be ripe, I’ve noticed that UK raspberries are already in the shops. So I thought it might be handy to outline all the raspberry recipes that we have on the site to date.
I’m planning to add raspberry cordial (an old fashioned one using vinegar and sugar) and raspberry jam recipe to the site when our raspberries ripen this year. Incidentally Darina Allen’s raspberry jam recipe which I made when on a bread making course at Ballymaloe is excellent. It needs to be made in small batches as it doesn’t keep for a long time.
Liqueurs (these are fruit infused spirits with added sugar according to Wikipedia)
These are excellent – very gluggable and everyone adult seems to love them. They can be drunk straight in a shot glass or topped up with fizzy water for a refreshing longer drink. Danny’s raspberry aversion fades very quickly when given a glass of this grog.
This is wonderful mixed with olive oil and a little honey as a special summery salad dressing.
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