Blackberries start to ripen in August and can continue fruiting until October. Pick them when they’re almost ready to burst and oozing burnt-purple juice. They are rich in vitamins and, weight for weight, contain as much fibre as wholemeal bread.

Crème de mûre is used in this recipe, a blackberry liqueur made from blackberries, red wine, sugar, and vodka or gin. BBC Good Food has a recipe for making it from scratch.

Learn more about identifying wild fruits, with foraging recipe ideas.

Blackberries. © Sanjida O'Connell
Blackberries. © Sanjida O'Connell


For the blackberry sauce

  • 2tbsp Sugar
  • 2tbsp Water
  • 2tbsp Crème du mûre
  • 450g Blackberries

For the sponge pudding

  • 250ml Soya milk
  • 4tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1tsp Vanilla essence
  • 2tbsp Crème du mûre
  • 250g Wholemeal flour
  • 100g Raw cane sugar
  • 3tbsp Baking powder
  • ½tsp Salt

For the sticky toffee sauce

  • 50g Brown sugar
  • 30g Margarine
  • 25g Honey
  • 2tbsp Crème du mûre
  • 50ml Cream

To serve

  • 1-2 scoops Ice cream


  • STEP 1

    For the blackberry sauce, heat 2tbsp sugar and 2tbsp water in a pan until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is bubbling. Add 2tbsp crème de mûre and simmer until reduced by half. Stir in 450g of fruit, coating it with the syrup. Pour into a greased ovenproof dish.

    Making the blackberry sauce. © Sanjida O'Connell
    Making the blackberry sauce. © Sanjida O'Connell
  • STEP 2

    For the sponge topping, put 250ml soya milk, 4tbsp vegetable oil, 1tsp vanilla essence and 2tbsp crème de mur in a bowl. Add 250g wholemeal flour, 100g raw cane sugar, 3tsp baking powder, 1⁄2tsp salt and mix. Pour over the sauce. Bake at 200°C for 25 minutes.

    Making the sponge topping. © Sanjida O'Connell
    Making the sponge topping. © Sanjida O'Connell
  • STEP 3

    For the sticky toffee sauce, heat 50g brown sugar, 30g margarine and 25g honey until the sugar dissolves. Take off the heat and add 2tbsp crème de mûre and 50ml cream. Invert the cake and serve drizzled with the sauce and a scoop or two of ice cream.

    Blackberry pud. © Sanjida O'Connell
    Blackberry pudding. © Sanjida O'Connell

Recipe was adapted from one created by Rachel Demuths of Demuths vegetarian restaurant.

This recipe originally appeared in BBC Wildlife Magazine. Look inside the current issue and find out how to subscribe.