So, what to do with my glut of blackberries?
This recipe, from Nigel Slater, caught my eye recently. It is for hazelnut and blackberry friands and no, I didn't know what a friand was either. But I guess it's a 'moist, nutty little cake'. Yum.
Alas, not so. I had to settle for several tiny bags of mixed nuts.
Still, it only took ten minutes to separate out the hazelnuts.
All set with my hazelnuts, I looked at the recipe in earnest. Wait a second. A whole pat of butter? It's our last, and I don't want to have to go the corner shop before I next eat toast. And five egg whites? I have absolutely no use for five egg yolks in the next 24 hours (we are spending Sunday at www.lords.org/Lord's). All this sacrifice for 8 little cakes? Madness.
So I abandoned Nigel and turned to my trusty Good Housekeeping recipe book. There I referred to, and bastardized, the fairy cake recipe. I added my freshly ground handpicked hazelnuts after the flour, and filled the cups liberally with blackberries before adding the cake mix.
Just half a pat of butter and one egg down, I made 6 little cakes, and 4 big ones to take to the cricket.
And I still have some butter left for my toast in the morning. A happy Saturday afternoon at Fox Corner.