Huckleberry recipes are starting to come in with the anticipation of picking and /or buying huckleberries! Today’s featured recipe is Huckleberry Peach Cobbler that I found on the WCNC website by Webb and Dowd Simpson
- 6 peaches, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup huckleberries, blackberries or blueberries
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 package sugar cookie dough
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine peaches, huckleberries, lemon zest and lemon juice, and let the fruits absorb the juices for about 10 minutes. Next, add the sugar and flour.
- Mix gently and allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes. Spoon the mixture into a rectangular glass cooking dish or individual ramekins.
- Unwrap the sugar cookie dough. If the dough has pre-cut squares, squish each square so it is slightly flat, and place one on top of each ramekin (if there is leftover dough, go back and place a second squished square on each ramekin) or space evenly throughout the glass dish (in this case, the cookie dough should touch and slightly overlap).
- Place the dessert in the center of the oven and cook for about 40-45 minutes. The topping should have golden edges and the fruit juices should bubble. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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My very favorite huckleberry product is Huckleberry BBQ Sauce. And not just any Huckleberry BBQ sauce, but Gem Berry Huckleberry BBQ sauce.
I have tasted a few different HB sauces, but none as good as Gem Berry’s thick tasty BBQ Sauce!!
Huckleberry BBQ Sauce has the ambiance of a sweet and sour tomato based sauce that, in my opinion, is to die for!! Made in small batches and mixed with small amounts of blueberries, this particular huckleberry sauce makes a wonderful glaze for any types of meat where you would usually serve with BBQ sauce.
The first time I tastes Gem Berry’s Huckleberry BBQ Sauce I fell in love with it. The chef used this tangy sauce to cook with meatballs. Personally, I am not a big meatball fan, but I went back for seconds on this dish.
When I bought some of my own, I used it as a dipping sauce — the thick sweet and sour sauce tasted wonderful on chicken and pork. My husband told me it was even good on fish.
If you are looking for a wonderful BBQ sauce taste experience, I would highly recommend Gem Berry’s Huckleberry BBQ Sauce.
Amble 16 oz. bottle is reasonably priced.
If you are interested in trying the Gem Berry Huckleberry Spread, you can find it on the Gem Berry website.
Since we are all waiting impatiently for huckleberry season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite huckleberry products with you ….. Huckleberry Spread.
Gem Berry has created a NO SUGAR ADDED huckleberry spread for those who desire flavor but cannot tolerate sugar. The key to their Huckleberry Spread is the sweetener, Lycasin*, which is a colorless, odorless, clear syrup with organic and mineral purity. Lycasin has a pleasant, sweet taste with no after taste. Diabetics may find this NO SUGAR ADDED spread useful in their diets.
During the years I sold this product to retail stores, many store buyers/managers told me that the Gem Berry Huckleberry Spread was one of their most popular products. They told me that the concentration of huckleberries (without the added white sugar) in the spread was much higher and thicker, making this more of a preserve rather than a jam or spread.
*Note: Lycasin is the trade name for Maltisorb (Crystalline Maltitol) and is a corn derivative.
If you are interested in trying the Gem Berry Huckleberry Spread, you can find it on the Gem Berry website
Last week, my friends at Farcountry Press in Montana sent me one of their newly published books: “Have You Ever Seen a Bear with a Purple Smile?” Having an interest in anything huckleberry, I was excited to see what this lovely children’s book was all about … (well, of course, I knew it was about huckleberries, but wanted to see more!).
The cover alone gave it away!! A cute bear with (wanna guess??) …. a purple smile! Although the cover is pale blue, the inside is full of purple pages!
Writer, Laura Budds, adds interesting rhyming copy as a conversation between momma bunny and her little ones about the bears and huckleberries. The beautiful illustrations of the bunny family, huckleberries and the bear are by Kadie Zimmerman. This hard covered book will be enjoyed over and over again by your little ones!
The back page talks about the author and illustrator, and tells you a bit about huckleberries.
Callaghan Country Lodge, #4 Callaghan Valley Road, Whistler, British Columbia,Canada, is hosting their 3rd Annual Huckleberry Festival.
Find out more info from one of the sites below:
Down the other end of the corridor, Callaghan Country Lodge, just south of Whistler, is hosting a Huckleberry Festival on Sunday September 16.
The 3rd annual Huckleberry Festival takes place Sunday September 16 up at the Callaghan Country Lodge. Accessible only via a 5km hike-in, the lodge sits just below tree-line in amongst prime huckleberry terrain.
The huckleberry is a real mountain treat. They rarely grow at elevations under 2000 feet and are not really commercially farmed. This makes the huckleberry intrinsically awesome because, like most of life’s best rewards, they take a bit of effort– if you want ‘em, you gotta hike up and get ‘em.
“The idea to host the Huckleberry Festival came about because when we would hike around the lodge in September and our pants would always end up stained purple from about the knees down,” says Callaghan Country owner (and 2012 Whistler Citizen of the Year) Brad Sills. “So we thought it would be great to encourage people to come up and be rewarded not only by the scenery but also the edible abundance of nature.”
Sounds like great fun!!
Huckleberry season here in Idaho/Montana is just about over, but from what I have been hearing on the web, it is in full swing in Oregon and northern California.
Check out the post by Melissa Trainer who is ….
If you are interested in gathering wild huckleberries throughout the Pacific Northwest (including Alaska, Montana and Idaho) this August and September, here are a few tips and resources for doing so:
Where to find them: Huckleberries can be found in Northwest coastal and subalpine areas with abundant sunshine (blueberries, a closely related plant, has a much wider distribution in North America). Many clearcut areas have berries, but note that many prime locations get picked quickly. Ask a forest or park ranger for suggestions on trails where you can find them, or use the resources below.
When to pick them: Huckleberries reach their peak in mid-August and September.
Picking tips: Both birds and bears love to gorge on these berries, too. So, make noise and be bear aware while foraging and picking. Don’t overpick; leave plenty behind for the local wildlife.
Picture and article courtesy of REI and Melissa Trainer!
(Make sure to check out Melissa’s huckleberry pancakes!)
Check it out if you are looking to pick huckleberries in southwestern Oregon:
Huckleberries, huckleberriesAugust 27, 2012 By Upper Rogue Independent
If you’re heading to the mountains in the next few weeks, be sure to take a bucket or two, for the end of summer brings the start of huckleberry season! Let Spain have their Running of the Bulls; Oregon has the Running of the Berries – and they make a much better pie! They also make good ice cream, chutney and jam! Reports from Berry Run ’12 indicate we aren’t quite having the season we had last year, but there is still more than enough juicy goodness to go around. A few friends can (and have) cleanly picked 2.5 gallons in an afternoon (Note: “clean picking” is the “slow” method; by hand – no rakes, brooms or other tools which means no crushed berries & few leaves and stems).
If you want to go picking yourself, you’d better have a very good friend who will give up the information on one of their secret spots. Prime fishing hole locations are given up more readily than picking patch coordinates. However, five cars were seen parked and picking on a recent Tuesday afternoon, so chances are you do know someone who might give you a tip or two.
If you’re more inclined to eat the fruit of someone else’s labors keep your eye out for “Huckleberry Pie” signs popping up in area restaurants or maybe even a handmade “Jam” sign along the road. Mass produced huckleberry products are good – but nothing can beat a locally made, handmade, freshly made seasonal dessert! Now, stop salivating and get out there and pick! The season will be over before you know it!
If you haven’t already heard, President Obama loves Huckleberry Pie. Bill Yosses, the White House pastry chef, makes President Obama’s favorite Huckleberry Pie every Thanksgiving.
Cathy Lynn Grossman, writer for USA Today, posted this special recipe (including a recipe for Ol’ Fashion Huckleberry Pie that she found on this website) .
White House Huckleberry Pie
Crust for a 9-inch pie
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 10 ounces unsalted butter (2 1/2 sticks) cut into 1/4 inch pieces
- 6 to 7 Tbs. ice water
- 1 egg and 1 tsp. salt for egg wash on the pie crust
In a food processor, briefly pulse together the flour and salt. Add butter and pulse until mixture forms chickpea-size pieces, (3 to 5 second pulses). Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time and pulse until mixture is just moist enough to hold together.
Divide the dough into two equal amounts and form dough into balls. Then press down into a circle, wrap the circles with plastic, refrigerate at least one hour before rolling out and lining the pie pan.
To prepare the pie shell, roll out the chilled circles on a lightly floured flat surface to about a 14-inch diameter. With one of the circles line a greased pie pan, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Chill the dough in the pie pan for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
Roll the other disk of dough and refrigerate it until needed for the pie top.
Prepare the filling recipe below and fill the pie shell with it.
Huckleberry Pie Filling
- 1 pound blueberries washed
- 1 pound huckleberries (frozen is OK)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup artisanal honey, preferably local
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Zest and juice of one lemon
In a large bowl, lightly toss together the fruit, sugar sifted with the cornstarch, honey, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, lemon juice and zest.
Allow this fruit mixture to stand for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Fill the pie shell with the fruit filling.
Remove the 2nd circle of chilled pie dough from the refrigerator and lay it over the filling, press gently to mold the top and bottom pieces of dough together.
With the tip of a paring knife, puncture the top pie dough in a wide circle about 10 times to form steam vents.
With a pastry brush, paint the top dough with egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake the pie at 375 degrees for 75-90 minutes or until the pie filling is starting to bubble out the vents and the top pie crust is golden brown.
Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 1-2 hours before serving.
Make your preferred pastry for a 9-inch pie pan.
- 4 cups fresh or frozen huckleberries (or 3 cups berries and 1 cup grated apple)
- 2 Tbs. tapioca
- 1 cup sugar (may add 1/4 cup more if too tart)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine fruit, tapioca, sugar and salt and let stand about 15 minutes.
Line a 9-inch pie pan with 1/8-inch-thick rolled pastry. Fill with berry mixture. Top with remaining crust, cutting several slits to permit steam to escape.
Bake for about 1 hour or until nicely browned.
I love the information and ingenuity of this gal. Not only does she share some huckleberry preserving methods, she talks about two huckleberry rakes she made.
After all was said and done, she ended up buying one of our rakes (NOTE: She mentioned that she bought her rake from Amazon. Because we were shorted rakes this season, we did not offer them on Amazon. You can still buy them on our Huckleberry Rake website!)
Day 226: Do-it-yourself Huckleberry Rake
…Northwest tribal folk dried huckleberries in large cakes and stacked the cakes until ready to use. I picture great purple wheels, like towers of cheese, stacked to the ceiling in corners of longhouses. When berries where needed, a chunk of a wheel was broken off and reconstituted in water. I’ve also seen recommendations for mashing the berries and spreading them out across a screen to dry in the sun. When the mash is dry, it can be crumbled and sealed in storage containers. I’ll try this option, as I don’t have a free corner to stack cakes of berries. My least favorite preservation discovery is to store the berries in bacon grease or used cooking oil. Yuck! Now that just sounds nasty, but not when considering the huckleberry’s traditional use as fish bait. I never really thought of the huckleberry as fish bait, but it makes perfect sense. It’s the exact right bite for a #8 trout hook. …
Huckleberry Rakes can also be found on our Tastes of Idaho site where we still have a few “Child’s” Huckleberry Rakes as well as the standard Huckleberry Rake (pictured above) available!