As so often happens on our excursions, we were met by nature's bounty, ripe for the picking. I've written before about foraging for wild edibles, and really, it is the BEST feeling when you chance upon a smorgasbord, laid out by Mother Nature herself.
Today's find: wild blackberries and elderberries. Score!
When I returned from our adventure, I sent out this tweet:
Okay, you don't have to twist my arm.
Setting the elderberries aside for now, I had some fresh figs from my brother's tree – this magical tree is crazy with fruit this year, it just won't quit – that I thought would make a nice addition to a crust. No fresh figs? No worries. Substitute pitted dates instead. Not a traditional berry cobbler by any means, but I've never been much of a traditionalist.
1 1/2 C raw cashew nuts
1 1/8 C filtered water
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 C local raw honey (or agave nectar)
1 vanilla bean, scraped
Place cashews, 1 cup water, salt, honey, and vanilla in a blender. Blend on high speed for about a minute. Add a little more water and blend until smooth and creamy. Place in refrigerator to settle. (NOTE: the cream may seem runny at first, but once refrigerated it thickens)
1/2 C pecans
1/4 C flax seed, ground
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 fresh ripe figs (can substitute 3-4 pitted dates), chopped
Fit the food processor with the S-blade and mix until combined and crumbly. Don't over process.
16 oz blackberries
splash of fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp local raw honey (can substitute agave nectar)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
Set aside half of the berries. Combine the other half with honey, cinnamon, sea salt, and a splash of orange juice in a food processor or blender until smooth.
1. Cover the bottom of your favorite lil' bowl or ceramic ramekin with crumble, pressing gently to form a crust.
2. Pour in a nice dollop of cashew cream.
3. Spoon berry filling into the center of the cream, top off with some whole berries, and serve.
4. Eat. Die. Go to heaven.
Such an easy, elegant dessert to serve your dinner guests in the summer. I enjoyed it as is, but you could also pop the ramekins into the dehydrator and warm before serving.
As for the elderberries, you'll have to check back on Friday to find out what I made with them. Tease, I know.