Above are the buds of a Saskatoon berry bush (service berries in the States) - meaningful because my husband has family roots in the prairies. Every year we get a few berries- hardly enough for the famous Saskatoon berry pie...so I end up adding blueberries which work just as well.
Finally things are starting to bloom around here...and the weather is getting warmer. I have been walking to school to pick up the kids as much as I can which is a nice change These tulips are at the side of our house - a nice contrast to the gray concrete and above is a little purple iris starting to peek through the soil.
Here is a little recipe for Saskatoon Berry pie - has anybody tried this kind of pie? You can substitute blueberries if you can't find saskatoon berries:
- 4 cups saskatoon berries
- 3/4 cup sugar, granulated
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup water
- pastry for double-crust pie
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- In a saucepan, simmer saskatoon berries in water for 10 minutes.
- Add lemon juice.
- Stir in granulated sugar mixed with flour.
- Pour into pastry lined pie plate.
- Dot with butter.
- Cover with top crust; seal and flute edges.
- Make slits in the pie crust for air vents.
- Bake in 425F oven for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350F oven and bake 35-45 minutes longer or until golden brown.