Bottled Blackberry Mousse

blackberry mousse

BOTTLED BLACKBERRY JUICE

This recipe solves the problem of what to do with the avalanche  of blackberries that we have at the end of every July. We don’t eat a lot of jam so this is perfect for us. In the 1970’s, my mother used to make a foamy mousse made out of jelly and evaporated milk.  We have now got enough bottled blackberry juice to make over 100 portions. It is packed with vitamin C and the gelatine is apparently very good for bones and reduces osteoporosis.

Blackberries are now in full flow and although I’ve been making blackberry mousse every couple of days and blackberry jam, I thought it would be a good idea to find a way of making a blackberry syrup that could store and that could be mixed with whipped evaporated milk at a later stage. That way, we could summon up summer at any time in the future.

I prefer to remove the seeds from the blackberries and so use a stick blender to blitz up the blackberries and then pass them through a mouli-l├ęgumes. I then weigh the juice and calculate the quantities of sugar and glycerine based on this.

The basic quantities are 750g blackberry juice, 15g glycerine and 50g sugar. In percentage terms this amounts to 2% glycerine and 6.7% sugar.


blackberry mousse

Blackberry Mousse

These are the quantities for 750ml of blackberry juice and 330ml evaporated milk.

INGREDIENTS

  • 750ml blackberry juice
  • 15g powdered gelatine
  • 50g sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water

METHOD

  1. Run some very hot water in the sink and thoroughly clean the jars and lids.
  2. Leave to drain on a tea-towel while you prepare the syrup.
  3. Pour the blackberry juice into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  4. Boil for 5 minutes or so.
  5. Meanwhile, combine the water, sugar and gelatine in a small saucepan.
  6. Gently heat through, stirring all the while until the gelatine has melted.
  7. Add a couple of ladlefuls of the hot juice mixture to the gelatine mixture and stir well.
  8. Pour the gelatine mix back into the juice pan and bring to the boil.
  9. Fill the jars with the juice.
  10. Close the jars firmly and place upside down for 30 minutes or so.
  11. Turn the right way up and leave to cool.

NOTES

To make up the mousse, use 330ml evaporated milk for 750ml blackberry juice. Whisk the evaporated milk until thick and you can see trace on the surface. Combine the juice and milk and mix well. Put in the fridge to set overnight.

Strawberry ice-cream

Egg-free strawberry ice-cream

Egg-free strawberry ice-cream

With our three laying hens, our egg production can’t keep up with the strawberries so I decided to try out different ways of making ice-cream using some of the goat milk from the neighbour’s goats that I milk each day. I found the perfect recipe in “Ices: The Definitive Guide“. The recipe comes from Mars. Marshall’s Book of Ices (1885) and uses cornflour to thicken the mixture rather than an egg-based custard or thick cream.

INGREDIENTS:
4 tablespoons cornflour
90g granulated sugar
500ml goat milk
strawberries
brown sugar
balsamic vinegar

METHOD:In a bowl, combine the cornflour and granulated sugar. Pour in enough milk so that the mixture has the consistency of thin cream.

Heat the rest of the milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Gradually pour in the cornflour mixture, stirring well. Bring back up to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring all the time. Leave to cool.

Put the strawberries, a couple of dessertspoons of brown sugar and a splash of balsamic vinegar in a bowl. Squeeze them through your fingers to break them up and mix well.

Mix enough of the cornflour mixture and the strawberries together to taste . Pour into an ice-cream maker. If you don’t have an ice-cream maker, put the mixture in a container in the freezer and whisk every hour to stop ice crystals forming.

Rice pudding made with goats’ milk

Rice pudding with goats' milk

Rice pudding with goats’ milk

INGREDIENTS:
2 litres goats’ milk
1 large cinnamon stick
1 orange, remove peel into strips
4 heaped dessert spoons sugar
300g pudding rice

Gently heat the milk in a saucepan until just below boiling point. Turn down and add the cinnamon and sugar and stir well until the sugar has dissolved. Add the strips of orange peel and sprinkle in the rice. Stir well. Simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the rice is cooked.

Divide the rice pudding into small bowls and sprinkle some ground cinnamon on each one. Serve with strawberry jam.