Baking with Prairie Fruits

Hi everyone!


We thought to talk a little about baking with the wonderful fruit that we grow locally here on the prairies. That includes strawberries, raspberries, saskatoon berries, plums, chokecherries, apples, and of course, rhubarb!


First of all, any combination of this fruit would taste mouth-wateringly delicious in a Crumble


- Preheat oven to 350 degrees

- Choose your fruits and place them in a baking dish
- Crumble together 
  • 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup butter, melted

- Pour crumble mixture over fruit and bake for 45 mins (For apple crumble. Softer fruits may take less time.)
Find the original recipe here.


You can never go wrong with a good old fashioned Apple Pie

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter (room temperature), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream 
  • 3 pounds of good cooking apples (about 6 to 8 apples)
  • 1 Tbsp of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar (to toss with the sliced apples so they don't brown as you slice them)
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like your pie
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour for thickening
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Get the original recipe here



Here are some more ideas for using your fruits in summer.

- Fruit smoothies. The nice thing about smoothies is that they are very accommodating. Throw in any assortment of fruits along with some juice, yogurt, sugar or honey and you're sure to have a delicious and light summer drink!

- Fruit salad! This is also something that will taste delicious made with almost any combination of fruit. It's light, healthy and the perfect snack for summertime! A tip for making a good fruit salad is to sprinkle the juice from a lemon or orange in the salad and perhaps a sprinkling of sugar as well.


Of course you can always use frozen berries for these recipes, but fresh or homegrown produce makes them taste fresher and richer in flavour!


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