Bàrr is the Gaelic for cream. This layered bramble (wild blackberries) cream infused with whisky should be served in glasses to showcase its beautiful colours.
How to identify blackberries
Blackberries are one of the most distinctive wild fruits, growing on the very widespread bramble plant. Blackberries start green in colour, progressing to red and dark purple, before turning a glossy black when ripe. They can be confused with wild raspberries (red when ripe) and dewberries (waxy black when ripe).
When to pick blackberries
Depending on the location in the UK (with the south normally seeing ripe fruits first), the first ripe blackberries are usually seen from mid to late July onwards, but the real harvest is typically from mid August onwards into autumn.
Traditionally, blackberries shouldn’t be picked after Old Michaelmas Day on 10 October (used to be 29 September until the calendar reform in 1752), as this is when Lucifer was expelled from Heaven and landed in a bramble bush. He cursed the thorny bush, stamping and spitting on the blackberries.
Blackberries are very versatile fruits and a favourite of most foragers – if you can manage to not eat them all straight off the bush, they can be used to make jam, combined with apple to make crumble, used to flavour spirits, such as vodka and whisky, or vinegar and much more.
- Sugar 100g
- Bramble jelly (or blackberry jam) 3 tbsp
- Whisky 150ml
- Lemon 1/2, juiced
- Double cream 405ml
- Brambles (blackberries) 200g
Inspired by family recipes and traditional Scottish bakes, Coinneach launched the Hebridean Baker on Tiktok in 2020. Fifteen million video views (and counting!) later, Coinneach has motivated his followers around the world to bake, forage, learn Gaelic, have a dram or two or whisky and to lead a more wholesome, simple life.
This is a recipe from his debut book, The Hebridean Baker - Recipes & Wee Stories from the Scottish Islands. Focusing on small bakes that use a simple set of ingredients, these recipes will unleash your inner Scottish baker. It's all about rustic, homebaking and old family favourites because as Coinneach says 'Homemade is Always Best.'