I'm scratched, stung and stained from blackberry picking around the fields near 280 Bakes HQ.
We're lucky, here in Lawrence Weston, for the green areas around us; some of my favourite walks are to and around Kings Weston, the El Dub Moors, Blaise, the bluebell woods...
Today's amble was down by the Community Farm, near Saltmarsh Drive. I often walk down that way, with the dog, as it's quiet and a nice 40-45 min wander with lots of changing views. I took an ice cream tub with me today, as I'd been eyeing up the blackberry bushes lately, trying to time it right - and I did! I picked over 1.3kg of berries - a gorgeous way to spend a sunny Bristol morning.
I went home and made four jars of jam, and a summer fruits chocolate cake. Take a look at these beautiful berries, and the delicious dessert I had for lunch with the last piece of chocolate sponge in the tin.
It's still early in the blackberry season, so I'm looking forward to a fair few more mornings out picking fruit. It's totally peaceful, productive, delicious when you sneak a bite.
What are you planning to make with fruit picked this season?
Owner, 280 Bakes
This week's been a scorcher - a perfect time to launch our new, improved summer bakes menu!
Inspired by the tropical fruit grown in the Caribbean, we've developed two new delicious cakes, using mango and pineapple.
Welcome to: Love From Jamaica!
Both cakes are available for gluten free diets, the pineapple cake is vegan with lemon zest for an extra tropical hit. The mango cake is made with mango yoghurt and has a double layer of icing (fondant and buttercream) in the middle. Divine - just perfect for a barbecue dessert!
Have a fantastic (tropical!) summer, all!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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