The Autumn Raspberries are ripening fast in the warm weather and can be picked daily they are delicious with cream or ice cream but freshly picked Raspberries have a limited shelf life of about 3 days in the fridge, if you have a glut make them into delicious jam or freeze them in a single layer on trays then bag them up for use later on either in pies, crumbles, sauces, fruit smoothies, jams/jellies or in cakes. Here is a delicious recipe for you to try:
Raspberry and Lemon Drizzle Cake
- 115g butter, softened
- 175g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 175g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- Zest of one lemon
- 4 tbsp milk
- 150g raspberries
For the drizzle
- 80g caster sugar
- Juice of one lemon
What you need to do
- Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan 160C and grease and line a 28cm x 18cm rectangular tin.
- Put the butter, flour, baking powder, caster sugar, eggs and lemon zest in a bowl and beat for 2 minutes until well combined.
- Gently fold in the milk and two thirds of the raspberries
- Spoon the mixture into the tray and level out.
- Sprinkle the remaining raspberries over the surface of the cake.
- Bake for approx. 45 minutes until the top is golden brown and the cake is spongy to touch.
- Mix the lemon juice and sugar together, remove the cake from the oven and while still hot make holes in the top with a skewer and pour over the drizzle, leave to cool in the tin.
Eat cold or as a pudding warm with custard, ice cream or crème fraiche.
When you have finished picking the Autumn Raspberries (August to October harvest) cut the canes down to soil level, new canes will grow in the Spring that will bear next year’s fruit, if you have Summer fruiting raspberries (June to early August harvest) only cut back this years old fruiting canes, leave tie in and support this year’s new canes these will produce next year’s fruit.
Raspberries are very easy to grow, bare root Raspberry canes can be ordered now for planting in November-March when they are dormant, they prefer a fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position. Plant the canes of Summer Fruiting Raspberries 40cm apart and Autumn fruiting Raspberries 60cm apart at a depth of 8cm, firm in, water well and reduce the canes to a height of 25cm. Each spring mulch around the canes with well-rotted manure or apply a general fertiliser and then mulch with garden compost, water during dry weather and protect with a fruit cage or netting to stop the birds eating your crop.
Right I’m off to pick some more – it is raspberries and ice cream for tea!