Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Blackberry Tamale with Orange Caramel Hard Sauce and Blackberry Cinnamon Ice Cream

The unseasonably cold period in spring which coincides with the time when the blackberries bloom has long been referred to as blackberry winter. In Tennessee blackberry winter follows dogwood winter by a couple of weeks. This year my blackberry bushes are loaded with blooms and are so beautiful.
Blackberry Cinnamon Ice Cream
1 ½ quarts blackberries (enough to make 2 1/2 cups pureed fruit)
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ cup white chocolate chunks (premium candy bar cut into pieces)
1 pint heavy cream (or half and half)
1 cup sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Puree fruit. Blend all ingredients in blender for 1 minute to thoroughly dissolve the sugar. Pour mixture into freezer can of the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions to process the ice cream.

Blackberry Tamale
2 cups blackberries
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour, sifted
½ tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 tablespoon butter
½ to 1 cup water (sufficient for stiff dough)
Mix the pastry and roll it thin; about ¼ inch thick. Meanwhile; sprinkle the berries with sugar. Spread berries on the dough (rectangle shaped). Roll jelly roll fashion, and pinch sides and ends to seal completely. Place dough in a piece of wet muslin. Tie ends to form a bag. Lower the bag into a pan of boiling water and boil for 45 minutes. Never let the boiling stop. Remove roll from bag and place on warm serving platter. Serve with hard sauce.

Orange Caramel Hard Sauce
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
4 tablespoons caramel sauce
2 tablespoons brandy
1 teaspoon orange zest
In a small mixing bowl, thoroughly cream butter and gradually beat in the sugar. Add vanilla, brandy, caramel sauce and orange zest beating gradually. Pour into serving bowl and sprinkle with nutmeg. Chill until needed, serve at room temperature. Of course if you really want to be decadent, serve the tamale with ice and hard sauce.
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Laura said...

Oh Miss Libby... Everyday I wake up and think today is diet day and then I visit your blog and read your recipes.

Are blackberry bushes growing in your yard, or are they planted somewhere special?


Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Libby! Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Domestic Designer said...

Oh my the recipes sound wonderful. My blackberry bushes are loaded with blooms as well. I hope we both have a large crop this year!

LauraBeth said...

That sounds absolutely wonderful! I don't usually keep muslin around the house (I'm a horrible sewer), so let me know when I can come up to Tennessee and eat some of yours :-)

Have a blessed day!

Lavanya said...

lovely black berry icecream..nice color too..!!

ARUNA said...

this looks awesome Libby.......nice click!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Libby,
You are talking my game when you talk blackberries, they are my all time favorite berry, and these recipes are going to be tried at my house. Thank you for sharing.

GingerV said...

Oh how wonderful this sounds, Blackberries are something I can not get here and miss them AND blueberries AND rasberries. lucky girl. you going to make jelly?

mbkatc230 said...

Oh my goodness! This just sounds incredible. Every time I turn around, you come up with another amazing recipe that I just have to try. Wow, just wow. I'm going to gain 50 lbs reading your blog. But just try and stop me tee hee. Kathy

The Raggedy Girl said...

What an incredible recipe. Sounds so good.

The Raggedy Girl

bj said...

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE this sounds so good. I love blackberries nearly as much as I do Mr. Sweet...NEARLY, I say!!
I must try always have the best recipes...

Janie's World said...

OOO, this all sounds so exotic and intriguing. I'm going to have to start cooking more!

Sherry said...

Oh...this ice cream sounds divine! :)

the ungourmet said...

Oh, my goodness! This looks fabulous! I rarely make my own ice cream but I sure would love to try this recipe! I love that cinnamon is added in!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh my.. that ice cream sounds delicious!! Blackberry and cinnamon sounds like a perfect combination!!

Rich, Jane, Boomer, and Daisy said...

We're thrilled you found our blog and even more thrilled to have found yours. SWhat a great place to hang out.

enator, we assume, also helps with tastings?

Rich, Jane, Boomer, and Daisy said...

Note to self: read what you write before posting!

Mariah Kinnley said...

this one is my fave recipe!