Easy Blackberry Pie Recipe

blackberry pieThis year our Blackberry bush has decided to produce fruit rather early and my children picked a bumper crop over the weekend. As much as I love a good pudding the weather was so hot and muggy that baking didn’t feel very appealing, so we needed a super quick and easy recipe to use up the berries. Therefore in today’s blog I’m going to share the most quick and easy blackberry pie recipe that I know!

What You’ll Need

1 block of shop bought Puff Pastry (I keep some in the freezer for just this kind of occasion)

550g Fresh Blackberries

125g Soft brown sugar

 

Preheat your oven to 180C/ 350F/ Gas Mark 4

IMG_9871Start by preparing your Blackberries. If they are shop bought then they will just need a quick wash, however hand picked garden berries need to be soaked in cold water for awhile to make sure any resident bugs etc. float up to the surface. After removing any bugs give your berries a final rinse under the tap.

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Next you need to roll out the pastry. Dust your worktop with plain flour and roll out thinly. It needs to cover the bottom and sides of your pie dish, but as it’s puff pastry don’t worry about a fold here or there, you wont notice it once baked.

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Cut any excess from the sides.

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In a large bowl mix together the brown sugar and blackberries. Tip the berries into the bottom of the lined pie dish.

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Using the remaining pastry roll out a top for your pie and lay across the dish, pushing the edges together with your fingers to seal. Cut a couple of steam holes into the centre of your pie.

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Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes or until golden and risen.

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Eat warm with oodles of custard and/or cream and ice cream.

Tip. This pie is full of juice, if you would rather have a firmer filling then the berries will need to be precooked or a little thickening added (such as cornflour).

 

 

George at Asda bedding review

beddingShopping online to organise a grocery delivery has become relatively commonplace, the ease and convenience mean it’s an option preferred by many. But, had you ever thought of visiting your favourite supermarket online to shop for home wares? Asda has launched a brand new George at Home range which allows quick and easy delivery of items from bedding to furniture, all ordered from the comfort of your own home. This gives you the convenience of internet shopping with the added value of a supermarket brand. However not all items are created equal and today I’m sharing my George at Asda bedding review.logo_george

I’ve always been an advocate of good quality bedding. It’s estimated that we spend around a third of our entire lives in bed, so comfort and relaxation have to be of paramount importance. Therefore a value range of bedding at first seems to fly in the face of such a belief and I was respectfully sceptical that George’s reasonably priced bedding couldn’t ever compete with their more expensive counterparts.

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George Home Potting Shed Birds Duvet Set in Single - £10

I absolutely adore the style of this duvet set, the print is gorgeous and the colour perfect. I prewashed it then placed it onto my daughters bed who was in love the moment she saw it!

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George Home Lemongrass Fitted Sheet in Single - £5

I teamed the potting shed birds set with this single sheet, they look fabulous together! I was also very impressed by the depth of this fitted sheet, sheets pinging off the mattress are the bane of my life but this sheet has a really good depth to it.

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George Home Vintage Patchwork Throw - £20

Bed throws can be notoriously expensive but this throw is a beautiful design for an extremely good price.

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George Home London Tube Map Duvet Set in King Size - £18

I loved the design of this duvet set, it’s funky and fresh and looks decidedly more expensive than its selling price.

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George Home Parisian Postcard Duvet Set in King Size

This set is definitely my kind of style, the wonderful quirky postcard design and feminine colours scream relaxation and sleep.

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Washing

All three sets and sheet washed amazing well. After their second wash the postcard set did feel a little rougher to the touch but this seemed to dissipate after it had been slept on for a night. All the colours have stayed vibrant and no runs have occurred. All in all I am thoroughly impressed.

Comfort

Again all three duvet sets and the sheet performed equally and everyone who has slept upon these beds has slept soundly and comfortably. There has been no compromise in comfort. As mentioned in the washing section the postcard set did feel a little rougher after the second wash but this settled within a night.

Value

The value of these sets, considering their washing and comfort credentials is amazing! I will definitely be buying more sets from George at Asda as and when I need them. They are also proving incredibly popular as several sets already appear to be sold out.

Would I recommend the bedding ranges at George at Asda?

I have and I will. I’m already planning on buying several more bits for myself which I think says it all really. The quality and value is amazing.

Details

To view the full range of bedding available online click here.

See The Lego Movie early on blinkbox offer!

legomovieMy kids have been dying to see the Lego Movie but unfortunately we never had the time to visit the cinema while it was showing. Thankfully blinkbox came to the rescue this week by releasing The Lego Movie a whole two weeks before it’s DVD debut! What’s more they are offering 500 Clubcard points and 50% off tickets to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort with every purchase of the film!

For those unfamiliar with blinkbox you can rent or buy movies and TV shows and watch them on a range of internet devices including games consoles, tablets, Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, set top boxes and desktop computers. When you rent a movie you have 30 days to start watching it. When you buy a movie it’s available permanently through your blinkbox account, yours to keep forever.

The Lego Movie

The problem with high anticipation is it often brings huge disappointment when the reality doesn’t live up to your expectations. I was worried this would be the case with the Lego Movie. I needn’t have been concerned as it was just as witty and engaging as I imagined it would be! My kids loved the wonderful characters and catchy songs while I chuckled along with the humour and digs at adult based Lego perfection. The animation is perfect, the voice overs fantastic and I defy anyone not to get the song ‘Everything is Awesome’ stuck in your head! It was a really great movie which I definitely recommend you all see at once!

‘Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) the original 3D computer-animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as The Special, the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.  He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.’

Details of the blinkbox offer

Customers who buy the Lego movie will get a whopping 50% off tickets to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort (up to 4 Adult & 4 Children’s tickets) and 500 Clubcard points which can be transferred into vouchers to spend with Tesco online, in-store, on fuel or exchanged to get four times more value with Clubcard Boost. This offer ends on 31st August. T&Cs apply.

Pricing: £9.99 in SD/£13.99 in HD

Click here for more details.