My man and I had a wonderful afternoon today at the Kingsland Farmer's Market. We picked up quite a nice haul including a fantastic saskatoon honey mead made by Fallentimber Meadery, located just outside of Calgary. It has the light sweetness from the honey but the saskatoons give it a very nice fruity body. Very delicious! It was so good in fact that both Trev and myself each had to purchase a bottle.
Also in stock were some nice fresh saskatoon berries! I haven't had many of these at all since we moved away from Saskatchewan as children so I was very excited to see that they had a few litres left in stock!
When we were little we would go to the fields and come back with a few bowls filled with berries with which my mother would make some delicious saskatoon tarts for us. For those of you who have never had a saskatoon berry, (I think they are mostly native to Canada and northern USA) these berries look like smaller blueberries but have a sharper, stronger and richer taste. Very nice.
We had a bush in our backyard in Calgary but I never seemed to be able to get the berries in time. Whenever i would take my bowl out, the birds had eaten them all. In fact one year I was waiting patiently for the day they turned ripe. Every day i would go out and check to see if they were purple yet. The day they turned, I rushed out with my bowl in hand and those little piglets had somehow eaten every single berry off the bush!
Anyway, following tradition, I have whipped up a batch of tarts. I got the recipe from the Saskatoon Harvesters website. http://www.saskatoonharvesters.com/Recipes.page I didn't have sour cream so I have substituted heavy plain yogurt instead. We will see how the recipe goes. Here it is for you:
1 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream (I used yogurt)
3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp lemon juice
Heat ingredients until sugar dissolves. Make sure you don't burn it. Add 2 cups of berries. Pour into tart shells. Bake 30 min at 350 deg. F. Yield 24 tarts. Eat and enjoy!
|My haul from the market|
|The mead and the berries can be seen in the back. My lovely yellow tomatoes and orange beets in front. Yum!|
|Add the sugar and four to the pan.|
|Add the lemon juice|
|Add yogurt or sour cream|
|Stir until sugar dissolves|
|Add berries and take off burner|
|Put into tart shells and cook|
|Yum saskatoon berry tarts!|