One of the first signs of autumn, this sweet but pleasantly sharp fruit can lend itself to comforting puddings and stews, or light and refreshing salads and ice lollies. If you’ve got any left over, they can also easily be frozen or made into jams, pickles or compotes to preserve them.
Make the most of local gardens and hedgerows for foraging with our tips on how to pick and cook blackberries. As well as their delicious flavour, these juicy berries also have a range of benefits which you can read about in our guide: health benefits of blackberries.
For more ideas on what to do with this seasonal fruit, see our blackberry recipes.
Out best ever blackberry ideas:
1. Blackberry cake
Make the most of your foraged berries in a showstopping layer cake, complete with professional-style piping. This beautiful bake combines blackberries with citrusy orange zest and marmalade in the sponge, topping and drizzle. Or serve our brilliantly boozy blackberry baba with spiced cream for a grown-up centrepiece. Looking for a simpler bake? Try our easy blackberry and apple loaf cake or whip up a batch of fluffy blackberry muffins and enjoy for a mid-morning snack.
Check out our collection of autumn cake recipes for more brilliant bakes.
2. Blackberry cocktails
We can’t think of a better use for blackberries than a homemade tipple. Mix up a rich and fruity liqueur with red wine and vodka or a vibrant blackberry gin. We’re all for toasting the end of summer with a kir royale or two. Or try a classic bramble cocktail with crème de mure and gin.
Browse our autumn drinks recipes for more seasonal sips.
3. Frozen blackberry treats
With blackberries appearing whilst the weather is still sweltering, we’re seeing blackberries showcased more and more in cooling treats. Swirl your blackberry bounty into homemade frozen yogurt or experiment with cider & blackberry ice pops, the perfect alternative to a frozen cocktail.
4. Autumnal salads
Add a punch to salads with a handful of jewel-like blackberries – they pair perfectly with creamy and salty cheeses like feta or goat’s cheese and add a refreshing hit to cold game.
Tuck into more hearty autumn salad recipes.
5. Blackberry crumble
As the chilly nights draw in, we can’t think of anything more comforting than a steaming bowl of crumble soaked in custard. Blackberries work especially well in this pud combined with other autumnal fruits such as apples, pears and plums. Go for a traditional crumble mix or jazz it up with warming spices such as cinnamon and star anise. We also love augmenting the crumble topping with nuts, seeds and dried fruit for extra texture.
Treat yourselves to more comforting crumble recipes.
6. Blackberry compote
Whether you want to drizzle it on a creamy rice pudding, layer it between French toast or top it on warm apple scones, blackberry compote makes for the perfect autumnal treat.
7. Blackberry traybakes
We can’t get enough of super-simple traybakes for showcasing our favourite seasonal fruit. Perfect for making with kids, our fruity blackberry and almond cake slices are delicious for afternoon tea or serve with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Also try our variations with coconut, apples and marshmallow.
8. Blackberry cheesecake
Perfect for feeding a crowd, this cheesecake with hazelnuts and blackberries is made in the slow cooker. The creamy filling pairs perfectly with the tart berry topping. Got no time? Our berry cheesecake in a glass makes a quick cheat.
9. Blackberry jam
We’ll never get tired of the aroma of bubbling, freshly picked fruit. Our blackberry jam can be boiled down into jars in minutes, so there’s no excuse for letting a single berry go to waste.
10. Blackberry tarts
Nothing signals the start of autumn like a pie or tart bursting with juicy blackberries and other seasonal fruit. Our rustic harvest fruit tart makes the ideal seasonal pudding if you’re have friends over for dinner.
11. Blackberry doughnuts
Looking for a fun weekend baking project? These fluffy doughnuts are well worth the effort and utterly delicious filled with tangy blackberry jam. Transform this fruity bake into a decadent dessert by serving with a fragrant homemade bay leaf custard.
12. Blackberry pavlovas
Try something a little different for dessert with these dainty pavlovas. We’ve incorporated whole berries into an aromatic bay-infused compote, served over decadent dark chocolate meringue and blackberry rippled cream. Allow the vibrant scarlet juices to spill out over the swirling chocolate meringues and you’ll have a plate which is both beautiful to look at and devour.
13. Blackberry baked oats
Chilly mornings are made so much better with a warming bowl of baked oats. This healthy version combines heart-healthy oats with warming spices, crunchy pecans and fruity pockets of blackberries and apples. And if that’s not enough to get you out of bed, it’s also high in fibre and delivers one of your five-a-day!
14. Blackberry marshmallows
Homemade, luxury marshmallows are taking the food world by storm, but our favourite has to be these pillowy soft bramble marshmallows. Easy to make, we love the contrast between the sharp fruits and sweet mallows, plus they make a great gift too.
15. Blackberry smoothies
Blackberries have one of the highest antioxidants levels of all fruit, providing the perfect start to your morning. Ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg give this blackberry & beetroot smoothie a warm kick. Or, get ahead by whipping up some blackberry smoothie cubes.
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