Posted August 28, 2014 By sandy
The Castle Mountain Resort Huckleberry Festival on Gravenstafel Mountain (Alberta, Canada) was held last weekend. Reports of an abundant huckleberry crop was apparent, according to the video below.
According to the Global News website:
On Saturday, many braved the Gravenstafel Mountain above Castle Mountain Resort to pick bushel after bushel of sweet, blue huckleberries. The Huckleberry Festival has been a tradition at the resort for decades now, and it provides a rare opportunity for outdoors lovers to enjoy the mountains in the summer.
As for the fruits themselves, huckleberries are in the blueberry family, and grow best at higher altitudes. “They’re quite sweet and they don’t have a pit so you don’t have to worry about spitting them out or cleaning them for a pie or a cheesecake and they freeze very well,” says Stewart. “There are actually four types of huckleberries on our mountain from various sizes to various colours. And they grow about five hundred miles on either side of the Canadian border at this elevation.”
Elsewhere, in northern California, Karen Pavone, talks about her huckleberry picking adventure with her accomplished forager friend, Elizabeth:
A fruitful forage depends on good timing. Start your quest too early in the season and the object of your desire may not be ripe (or even visible in the case of those elusive winter mushrooms). Wait too long and you’ll likely find vines and branches stripped clean by birds and other critters who beat you to the harvest. In Northern California, August is the perfect month to forage for the seasonal wild blackberries and huckleberries that grow like weeds in our coastal hills.
Karen’s article is an easy read with lots of wonderful pictures. She also includes Elizabeth’s grandmother’s tart recipe:
Check out the original article for her Huckleberry Tart Recipe!
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Posted August 25, 2014 By sandy
My husband found this recipe and converted it to huckleberries! Nice job!! This huckleberry lemon layer cake looks delicious!
Huckleberry Lemon Layer Cake
- 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 and 1/4 cups (250g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature*
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour, careful not to over measure*
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk*
- zest + juice of 3 medium lemons*
- 1 1/2 cups huckleberries, fresh (258g) or non-thawed frozen (275g)
- 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- 8 ounces (224g) full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 3 and 1/2 cups (420g) confectioners' sugar
- 1 - 2 Tablespoons (15-30ml) heavy cream*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray three 9x2 inch cake pans with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- Make the cake. Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high until creamy - about 1 minute. Add granulated and brown sugars and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until everything is combined, about 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Set aside.
- In a large sized bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat on low speed for 5 seconds, then add the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Remove from the mixer and stir lightly until everything is just combined. Toss the blueberries in 1 Tablespoon of flour and fold into the batter. Batter is extremely thick. Do not overmix at any point. Overmixing will lend a tough, dense textured crumb.
- Spoon batter evenly into 3 prepared cake pans. If only using 2 cake pans, your bake time will be longer. Bake the three layers for about 21-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Mine took 21 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
- Make the frosting. Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until no lumps remain, about 3 full minutes. Add confectioners' sugar, 1 Tablespoon cream, vanilla extract, and salt with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add 1 more Tablespoon of cream to thin out, if desired.
- Assemble and frost. First, using a large serrated knife, trim the tops off the cake layers to create a flat surface. Place 1 layer on your cake stand. Evenly cover the top with cream cheese frosting. Top with 2nd layer, more frosting, then the third layer. Top with frosting and spread around the sides. The recipe doesn't make a ton of frosting, just enough for a light frost. Top with blueberries or lemon garnish if desired. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes before cutting or else the cake may fall apart as you cut.
- Make 1 day in advance if you'd like. Extras keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3days.
Posted August 23, 2014 By sandy
I found this wonder recipe on The Earthly Delights blog!
What a wonderful dessert! I may just have to make this one myself!!
Walnut Topped Huckleberry Crisp
- Walnut topping:
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 ¼ sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
- 1 cup chopped fresh walnuts
- 8 cups huckleberries, fresh or frozen (about 2½ pounds)
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- For the topping:
- Put the 6 topping ingredients into a large bowl. Mix together using a whisk until moist lumps form. Set aside.
- For the filling:
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- Place the huckleberries in a bowl and add the sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch and cinnamon. Mix or toss gently but thoroughly to blend.
- Pour the berry mixture into an ungreased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish OR into individual serving-sized ramekins. Spread evenly and sprinkle with the topping mixture. Slip into the preheated oven and bake until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbling, about 50 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Wonderful warm or at room temperature!
Check out the information on huckleberry published along with this recipe:
Huckleberry Crisp with Walnut Topping
Posted August 20, 2014 By sandy
When looking for recipes for huckleberries, I ran across this wonderful recipe for Huckleberry Salmon.
Instead on making the usual cookies, cakes and muffins, this savory recipe includes the great tastes of huckleberries for a fancy dinner dish: Huckleberry Salmon.
Originally posted by Sylvia Fountaine in the Spokesman Review ….
- 1/2 cup apple wood chips (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh huckleberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- Pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds (optional)
- 1 large shallot, finely minced
- 1 1/2 pound fillet of wild salmon, skin on
- Olive oil, for brushing
- Salt and pepper
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, more for garnish
- 1 cup greens, such as arugula, baby kale and watercress
- Preheat grill to medium high. Make a little bowl out of 2 to 3 layers of aluminum foil the size of half a grapefruit. Place dry apple wood chips inside the foil bowl, place the bowl directly on the heating grill, and close the grill lid.
- Place huckleberries in a medium bowl. Heat sugar, vinegar, a generous three- finger pinch of salt and coriander seeds in a small sauce pan and stir until sugar has dissolved. Add minced shallots and simmer two minutes. Pour over huckleberries, stir gently and set aside.
- Brush both sides of salmon with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place skin side down on the grill. Sprinkle with zest of one lemon, and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves.
- Once apple wood chips begin smoking, turn heat down to low, grill salmon, skin side down, directly on the grill, on lowest heat, closing lid. Check after 5 minutes. Shift salmon to create crosshatch marks on the skin, and close lid again for just a few minutes. Salmon at this point will cook quickly, especially if it’s a thinner piece. Once salmon is cooked to medium rare or medium, turn heat off.
- Place salmon on a platter over greens. Squeeze with juice of half a lemon. Generously spoon pickled huckleberries and pickling liquid over the salmon and greens, and scatter with thyme sprigs. Serve immediately.
- Yield: 4 servings
Check out the Spokesman article, Seasonal Kitchen: Huckleberries great for sweet, savory dishes, for some background on huckleberries and recipes for the following:
- Huckleberry Almond Flour Pancakes
- Huckleberry Mojito
Posted August 18, 2014 By sandy
With all the abundant huckleberries this year, lots of recipes are cropping up.
One of the yummiest sounding ones is the huckleberry pudding cake recipe posted on the Bozeman Daily Chronicle online edition:
- 1 cup huckleberries
- 4 tbs. unsalted butter at room temperature
- ⅔ cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
- Pinch kosher salt
- 4 large eggs at room temperature, separated
- 2 tbs. lemon zest
- 5 tbs. all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1 ½ cups huckleberries
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 tbs. lemon zest
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- Pinch kosher salt
- The cakes - Position oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Butter eight 4-ounce ramekins and coat the inside of each ramekin with sugar. Add enough huckleberries to cover the bottom of each ramekin. Place the ramekins in a deep-sided roasting pan.
- Bring a large pot of water to a simmer on low heat.
- Add the butter, kosher salt, 2/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons lemon zest to the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit the mixer with the paddle attachment and mix at medium speed until the creamy. Add the four egg yolks, one at a time, mixing between each addition.
- Turn the mixer to low and add the flour slowly to combine. Gradually add 3/4 cup milk and continue mixing. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice. Once fully mixed, transfer the batter to a large bowl.
- Wash and dry the bowl of the stand mixer and fit the mixer with the whip attachment. Add the egg whites to the mixer and beat until the egg whites hold firm peaks.
- Fold one third of the egg whites into the batter. Quickly add the remaining two thirds egg whites to the batter and fold to combine.
- Divide the batter equally into the eight ramekins. Pour the simmering water into the roasting pan until the water rises halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
- Place the roasting pan with the cakes in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until the tops of the cakes are golden and puffy. Remove the ramekins and place them on a wire rack to cool.
- The compote - While the cakes are baking, add all the ingredients for the compote into a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir gently so as not to break the huckleberries. Boil for 1 minute and then remove from the heat to cool.
- To serve - Once the cakes have cooled, remove them from the ramekins by inverting them into the palm of your hand. Turn the cakes right side up and place them on a small plate.
- Spoon a portion of huckleberry compote over the cakes and serve.
Posted August 12, 2014 By sandy
If you have been out picking loads of huckleberries, you are probably looking for some yummy recipes to use for your huckleberries.
Our favorite has always been huckleberry blinas (overnight pancakes) which is an old family recipe.
Recently, my husband came across this mouth watering recipe for huckleberry muffins:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg or egg replacer
- 3/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/3 cup favorite oil
- 1 cup fresh (or frozen) huckleberries
- Preheat oven to 400. Insert paper liners into a 10- or 12-muffin tin or spray with light oil.
- Mix together dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine three wet ingredients, beating to froth with a whisk.
- Mix dry and wet ingredients together with a spoon, just until there are no dry ingredients.
- Folk in huckleberries GENTLY with a spoon, wooden preferred.
- Use scoop to gently fill muffin tins up to 3/4 full.
- Bake for 25 minutes for 10 muffins ... or slightly less for 12.
Posted July 31, 2014 By sandy
If you have come home from a huckleberry picking outing with a bucket, or two, or three filled with huckleberries, congrats!
(If you haven’t picked any huckleberries yet this season, best to get out there as this looks like the best huckleberry season in 12 years or so!!)
So what do you plan to do with all your juicy, free picked little berries?
Favorite recipes are for huckleberry jam and pie!
The Kansas City Star posted an article (yup, you read that right, Kansas City!!) with recipes for both pie and basic jam using huckleberries …..
… Huckleberries are typically smaller than a blueberry, not too sweet, not too sour, just right. Your huckleberry.
Many types of wild berries have been deemed a “huckleberry,” a term derived from “hurtleberry” meaning any blue colored berry found in the forest. The varietals are now more specific ranging from deep eggplant purple to dark lavender and some are even.
The northwest supplies most of the huckleberries. While foraging for them in the wild, one may have to negotiate with the native bears for harvest.
Basic Huckleberry Jam Recipe
- 5 cups huckleberries, boiled
- 3/4 cups honey
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1-1/2 cup water
- Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer on medium high heat for 20 minutes, or until syrupy. Remove from heat.
- At this point you can cool and refrigerate. This jam condiment can be added to muffins, pancakes, sauces or just spread on a buttery piece of brioche.
READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE for the Huckleberry Pie recipe. And if you try the recipes, let us know what you think!
Posted July 9, 2014 By sandy
With the start of huckleberry season, I always like to feature as many huckleberry recipes as I can find.
My husband found this Huckleberry Hand Pies for us. The original recipe called for blueberries …. but as a huckleberry lover, you know that huckleberries will make this recipe even better tasting!!
- --2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- --1/2 teaspoon salt
- --1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- --1 cup (16 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter
- --1/2 cup cold sour cream
- --2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
- --1/4 cup sugar
- --1 tablespoon Instant ClearJel
- --2 teaspoons lemon juice
- --1 large egg, beaten
- --white sparkling sugar, for garnish
- To make the dough: Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the butter, working it in to make a coarse/crumbly mixture. Leave most of the butter in large, pea-sized pieces.
- Stir in the sour cream; the dough won't be cohesive. Turn it out onto a floured work surface, and bring it together with a few quick kneads.
- Pat the dough into a rough log, and roll it into an 8" x 10" rectangle. Dust both sides of the dough with flour, and starting with a shorter end, fold it in three like a business letter.
- Flip the dough over, give it a 90° turn on your work surface, and roll it again into an 8" x 10" rectangle. Fold it in three again.
- Wrap the dough, and chill for at least 30 minutes before using.
- To make the filling: Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan set over medium heat. Cook until the mixture starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked berries to a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F; place a rack on the middle shelf. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- To assemble the pies: Roll the dough into a 14" x 14" square. With a straight edge and pastry wheel, or a 3 1/2" square cutter, cut out sixteen 3 1/2" squares.
- Divide the filling among eight of the squares, using about a heaping tablespoon for each. Brush some of the beaten egg along the edges of each filled square.
- Cut a vent into the each of the remaining eight squares, using a decorative cutter of your choice.
- Top each filled square with a vented square, and press along the edges with the tines of a fork or a pie crust crimper to seal.
- Brush the top of each pie with the remaining beaten egg, and sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Transfer the pies to the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the pies for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove them from the oven, and let cool for 20 minutes before serving.
- Yield: 8 hand pies.
Posted February 19, 2014 By sandy
Huckleberries are wrapped in secrecy and hidden in the wilderness, and only come out every other year. Or, huckleberries are everywhere in abundance always, and anyone can find them whenever they please.
Huckleberries are sweet. Huckleberries are sour. Huckleberries are woman’s work, or a job for a man. Huckleberries are bigger in the shade, or sometimes bigger in the sun; huckleberries are easier to pick with rakes, but should only be picked by hand.
Huckleberries are really blueberries … no! nothing like blueberries. Huckleberries are worth risking your life for — or one good reason for living …
Pretty much describes people’s thoughts about huckleberries! By the way, this excerpt is the beginning paragraph in one of the most popular huckleberry book: The Huckleberry Book by ‘Asta Bowen.
We had the privileged of meeting ‘Asta a few summers ago when she came through north central Idaho to continue her new research for an updated version of The Huckleberry Book. Interesting lady — a school teacher from Montana who has written books on the wolves as well as huckleberries.
The Huckleberry Book is not just your typical book about huckleberries! ‘Asta entertains us with wonderful stories about huckleberries, huckleberry hunting and picking, huckleberries and bears, and a listing of home style recipes.
I’d like to share one of her unique huckleberry cake recipes from the book (page 84):
- 4 c. huckleberries
- 3 oz. pkg. Jello
- 1 c. sugar
- 3 c. miniature marshmallows
- 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
- Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
- Spread berries on bottom of pan.
- Sprinkle with sugar and Jello.
- Top with the marshmallows.
- Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spread batter over berries.
- Bake in 350 degree over 50-55 minutes.
- Cool 5 minutes and then turn upside down onto platter.
- Serve with whipped cream or Cool Whip
Sounds yummy!! If you are using frozen huckleberries, you might want to either add thickener to the berries to make sure it is not too runny!
Posted December 4, 2013 By sandy
In early November, we were in southern Idaho visiting with family when we found a free magazine called Edible Idaho South — Celebrating the food culture in Southern Idaho .
It is an interesting magazine with lots of recipes and food stories. One one of the last pages, I found an wonderful recipe that I would like to share today!
Raspberry Huckleberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
- For Cake
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups sour cream
- 8 oz. butter
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups flour
- For Cream Cheese Filling
- 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- For Crumb Topping
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 oz. butter, chilled
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup huckleberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 8 inch cake pans and line with paper
- To Make Cakes: In a small bowl, whisk eggs and cream together -- set aside. In a separate bowl, ream butter, baking powder and salt on low speed for about 2-3 minutes or until softened. Add sugar and increase speed to medium for 3-4 minutes until batter is light and fluffy -- scrapping down the sides of he bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low and in three additions alternate adding the remaining dry and wet ingredients -- mixing until just combined. Transfer batter to baking pans and spread the mixture evenly in both pans.
- For Cream Cheese Filling: Beat cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy -- about 5 minutes -- scraping down the sides of the bowl frequently. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated after each addition. Add the sugar and cornstarch and mix until ingredients are combined -- about 1 minute. Divide the cream cheese filling between the two cake pans spreading filling with the back of a spoon evenly over the cake batter. Sprinkle the raspberries and huckleberries over the cream cheese filling.
- For Crumb Topping: Combine he flour and sugar in a bowl. Cut the butter into 1/4 inch pieces and drop them into the bowl of dry ingredients. Using your fingers, work the butter into the flour until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Sprinkle the crumb evenly over berries between the two pans.
- Bake cakes until set, about 45 minutes to an hour. Let cakes cool completely before unmolding.
Photo courtesy of Stacey Cakes