Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June 2: In Search of Summer

Yesterday at the library, my curiosity was piqued when I saw a woman with a beautiful long linen dress and colorful headscarf slowly walking around a tree, picking at the branches. We walked closer, and noticed what the procession was all about: not one, but two mulberry trees (one with dark berries, the other white) filled with ripe plump berries. Of course, we joined in the fun.

By sheer force of will, I even managed to bring some berries home. As you can see, there was a bit of a weak link in our berry picking infrastructure (aka: Lily). I imagine these berries will get eaten straight from the basket. But, if I go back in the next few days and manage to get some for the keeping, I would love to make this, from Simply in Season (my favorite cookbook yet):

Mulberry Pudding Cake

4 cups mulberries
Spread in a greased and floured 9 X 9 baking pan

2-3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons flour
Combine and sprinkle over fruit

1/3-1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Cream together butter and sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla.

1 cup flour (part or all whole wheat)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat well. Drop batter by spoonfuls over the fruit and spread evenly (fruit may not be fully covered). Bake in preheated oven at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or frozen yogurt.


Once Upon A Parent said...

Now that is a true treat! We tasted our first mulberries this weekend, but from the farmers market. Yum!

Suz said...

Ah, the joy of unexpected gifts! :)

Earth Mama said...

Mulberries are great, even my daughter comes home with feet stained from stepping on the ones the trees have dropped. Another tree we like to look out for is the Juneberry tree. They have tasty treats too.


Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem said...

Great berry picking photos. The pudding sounds great. Hope you manage to get plenty more berries and get them home to to bake with!!

Kerry said...

Oh, have you made it yet? I'd love to hear all about it! What a wonderful treat!

Johanna said...

lovely! We had a mulberry tree out front of our old apartment....I wonder when they are ripe here in Ontario?