However, I do enjoy making jams, jellies and chutneys. There's something very satisfying about picking our fruit and preserving it to be enjoyed long after its season in the garden is over..
I printed these myself after finding a lovely selection of free downloadables on this site for jar labels. The ones I used were created by Yours-Is-The-Earth and The Elli Blog. As well as blackcurrant jam and jelly, I've made several blackcurrant cakes, so tangy and moist using ground almonds instead of flour and lovely, plump berries. I followed this recipe by Sarah Raven from a lovely book my Mum has.
Whilst the blackcurrant bushes were prolific, our strawberry crop was poor this year - too much rain I think - or possibly the plants are just getting old. This photo is of last year's fruit! Berries which maybe aren't as pretty but still taste fine are ideal for this cake. It's called Fantasy Cake and I made a couple of these.
Gooseberry Crumble Cake recipe by Nigel Slater which is pretty similar.