Thursday, 8 October 2015

Mulberry and Yoghurt Dessert

While I was decluttering old magazines this week I came across some recipes I must have pulled out of magazines the last time I decluttered and which I had completely forgotten about so obviously they had never been trialled. As our mulberry tree is heavy laden with fruit at the moment, I was excited to see a berry dessert recipe from a 2004 copy of Super Food Ideas called Lucy and Mollie's Very Berry Dessert. So I changed the ingredients around to use the berries we had available and also substituted the sugar with Dextrose and ended up with a very tasty dessert.

The original recipe:

Lucy and Mollie's Very Berry Dessert

Serves 4

600g mixed fresh or frozen berries
2 cups natural yoghurt
1/4 cup castor sugar
2 tablespoons self-raising flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g packet flaked almonds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon






My version:

Mulberry and Yoghurt Dessert

Ingredients:

800g mulberries
2 1/2 cups natural yoghurt
1/2 cup Dextrose
2 1/2 Tablespoons SR flour
2 lightly beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:

100g crushed almonds (I didn't have any flaked almonds so just crushed some in the food processor)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Turn oven to 180C (356F)

Method:

Place mulberries into a ovenproof dish
Combine other ingredients apart from the topping and spread over the berries.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven. Sprinkle topping over.
Bake for a further 10 minutes or until golden.




I was very happy with the way it turned out.



It was tasty by itself....



....and even yummier with cream.

If you have a mulberry tree and are looking for recipes there are lots of interesting ones on this Pinterest page. As I am sure everyone who has cooked mulberries is aware, it is a good idea to wear gloves when picking them unless you want purple fingers and fingernails. Don't ask me how I know? 


We have had a few hot days this week but thankfully not as bad as down in the southern states. I think every blue tongued lizard was on the move in our backyard and I nearly walked on a couple of them like this feller scurrying away from the camera.



The Flanders poppies and these pink ones that randomly come up have nearly finished flowering. They don't like the hot weather at all it seems. We currently have no town water as the CEO is fixing a pipe that he damaged late yesterday afternoon so no showers have been had :-(  We do have lots of water tanks so all is not lost but it does make you realise how reliant we are on running water.

Now I had better check that the worker isn't sitting down on the job.

 After all, I need a shower! Ha ha!





19 comments:

  1. No that looks so yummy, both versions. Poor CEO, he must feel like a doofus!

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    1. Lynda, no he didn't at all. Not to worry, it is all fixed now.

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  2. love mulberries! though not sure about either recipe there, the first one i definitely wouldn't do, your's looks good, though i'd substitute another flour or ground nuts, dextrose with honey & no cinnamon or vanilla. looks simple enough to make though

    you should hook up your tanks to the house so you can use them as well, have a gate tap to turn it over with, honestly if i had rainwater tanks i'd have them all hooked up to the house as well as the town water & use both, tanks when there's an abundance of rain & town when not. hope the CEO is okay too!
    gorgeous flowers & very handsome lizard!
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Selina, yes that would be the sensible thing to do and I would love it if that could be done. It does cost a bit though I believe.

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  3. Recently I made a mulberry pie after Blinky loaded me up with mulberries. It turned out well, but I wish I'd had this recipe then as it looks really good. I'll file it for posterity - hopefully I'll have my own tree one day. I used yellow washing up gloves and they are now a lovely shade of mauve!

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    1. Hutchy, give it a try when Blinky gives you some more mulberries. I am going to make it again before they are finished.

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  4. I would love this cake! You have such an amazing garden xx

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    1. Zena, there are a lot of weeds in the garden at present and the soil is rock hard in places. We badly need rain.

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  5. Ah mulberry stains....ask my mother what she thought when I used to sit in the mulberry tree as a kid with my white school shirt on snacking on mulberries before I came inside after school! That is the closest I ever got to getting the 'stick' from memory.. That dessert would be fabulous with light custard sauce too.

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    1. Phil, there seem to be so many childhood memories associated with mulberry trees. There was a mulberry tree on the school grounds when my children started school years ago. Such fun getting stains out of uniforms. LOL! They do come out easily though and if pink unripe mulberries are used on the stains before washing that helps too.

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  6. Wow - that sounds yummy Chel - I'm off to pick some more mulberries to give it a go.

    It has been such a good year for mulberries this year and I think I will have enough left to give some to Hutchy to try the recipe as well.

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    1. Let me know what you think of it, Blinky.

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  7. Mulberries are a memory food! Grandma had them and her pies and crisps were not to be missed! It is not a bad thing to be reminded now and then how things would be without the modern conveniences, it helps us remember to be prepared for disasters and small mistakes! :) Having said that - it is so unpleasant to be without water, hope it's back by this time!

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    1. Kathy, I wonder what the crisps are. They sound interesting.

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  8. We have mulberries on our tree! Ours are tiny compared to yours, probably due to our dry conditions.

    Thank you for this recipe, I will keep it in mind should I get to bring enough mulberries inside. I tend to stand outside and eat them straight off the tree (don't tell hubby!).

    xTania

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    1. Tania, this tree is huge and it feeds all the wildlife around plus ourselves. It is going to be replaced by a dwarf mulberry eventually.

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  9. Yum, mulberries remind me of my childhood, wish I had room for a tree. Love your blue tongue locals, it still amazes me everytime I see a native visitor.

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  10. Clarissa, our big tree is going to be cut down eventually as hubby has bought a dwarf mulberry tree. That may or may not happen though. Do you have for one of those? Meantime I am enjoying experimenting with mulberry recipes without added sugar.

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    1. I think once the kids grow up a bit more I will be filling the yard space with fruit trees. Might slowly add them year by year, at least then they get to enjoy them too. I think a dwarf mulberry will definitely be on the list. I pretty much swap sugar for honey in my cooking and I use half as much. I am going to raid my friends mulberry tree next time it fruits and make this for sure!

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