The autumn is a great time to go for a walk with tupperware and just collect berries eat them there and then or freeze them for this great pie!
For Shortcrust Pastry
- 4 oz Flour
- 2 oz Unsalted butter
- Dash of ice cold water
- 1 oz Sugar/xytiol/Coconut sugar
- 1 oz Ground cinnamon/ mixed spice
- 4 oz Frozen mixed berries – blackberries, mirabelles, damsons etc.
- This is a really easy short crust pastry dough and makes just enough for two people.
- Place the flour in a bowl and then add the cold cubed butter and rub this together to form breadcrumbs , once this is done add a tiny bit of the cold water to bind it all together.
- Wrap the dough in clingfilm and put in the fridge for around 15 mins.
- You can use a small food processor as well, especially useful if the weather is warm or you have warm hands.
- When ready to cook take out the pastry and roll it into a large circle or square. There really is no need to get hung up on the neatness of this as it looks better the more “rustic” it is.
- Place all the fruit in the middle of the pastry leaving around an inch of pastry around the fruit and the wrap this towards the centre.
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon spice and sprinkle this over the fruit and the pastry.
- Place this on a baking tray and cook in the oven for between 15-20 minutes you want it a golden brown colour and the sugar to have caramelised a little.
- Smother liberally as required with cream, custard or ice-cream as required mmmmm!
Variations & Tips
- If you roll soft fruits peaches, damsons, plums etc if they are a bit hard they soften and for some reason get sweeter.
- You can remove the seed by pressing the fruit with the flat side of a wide knife and the fruit will gently split and make it easy to remove the seed. The pressing down with a knife tip works with de-seeding olives and cherries.
- You can mix frozen berries with fresh don’t worry about it they all thaw nicely.
- This recipe has texture as each fruit has a different texture and level of sweetness and so it really engages your senses. It is colourful and as the fruit is barely cooked it retains the vibrance of the colour and its seasonality using fruits which are required by your body at the time that they are available.
- Packed full of Vitamin C and antioxidants to keep your immune system topped up during the autumn months. They are also a good source of natural fibre, which allows you to create good stools (poo not the sitting kind) along with the water content of the berries it will keep your digestive system supple and so make it much more efficient and easy.
- I have Goan heritage so we do talk about poo – sorry! It’s only natural.
- Far too many of us don’t talk poo and far too many people do not poo on a daily basis and this a big red flag in terms of the state of our health and gut health.
- Keep your body well hydrated and ensure you eat good fibre daily will keep you regular and your body can get rid of unwanted toxins, food and emotions.