approaches, the season of harvest
begins. The first harvest, Lughnasadh
, consists partly of the gathering of berries for jam
s and jellies, to store for winter. One of the traditional berries of the season is the blackberry
; the red fruits of summer are starting to fade, and the more tart and more late-blooming fruits must be plucked and used before the bugs do it for us.
For a Lughnasadh party, a nice traditional dessert is a blackberry pie. It is an especially nice touch if you even home-make the crust instead of buying one, with the added bonus that you can actually make two crusts and seal the sweet blackberry filling inside.
Preheat the oven to 325º F. Line a deep pie dish with one unbaked pie shell. Mix the other ingredients together in a bowl. If it seems too "wet," mix in two tablespoons more flour. Turn into the shell and dot with butter. Bake as is or cover with another pie shell, pinched together on the sides and scored several times with a sharp knife. Bake for 1 hour or until top crust is golden brown.
Yield: 1 9-inch pie
Source: Paraphrased from McCoy, The Sabbats
Use for: Lughnasadh