Sunday, August 24, 2008

Blackberries, Blackberries and more Blackberries

The other day when I was out riding I noticed at least 5 or 6 other riders who had stopped by the side of the trail to pick some wild blackberries. I’m sure the nutritional content for a handful of these yummy berries is equivalent to at least a power bar and they taste a lot better. If you live and ride in the Pacific Northwest wild blackberries are one of the rewards for putting up with the constant rain for 8 months out of the year. They are everywhere this time of year and there for the picking.

Here is a recipe for blackberry cobbler that my family totally loves.

1 quart of blackberries
2 cups of brown sugar
2 cups of oats
2 cups of wheat flour
1 ½ stick of margarine or butter

Melt the butter
Mix the rest of the ingredients except for the blackberries in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.
Once it’s all mixed together take half of this mixture and spread it in the bottom of 13 X 9 glass dish (or something like this)
Now cover the mixture that you have put down with blackberries
Finally, take the rest of the mixture you have left in the bowl and spread it on top of the blackberries.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

This cobbler is so good my friend from Tennessee would say it’s mother whipping good.

So the next time your out on a ride and you spot some blackberries grab a bunch of them and take them home. One warning though, take a plastic zip lock bag with you. Blackberries make a horrible mess in your jersey pocket.

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