Eilidh grew out of pushchair napping a long time ago, the pushchair is now more of a nap time postponer. So when we have both had enough of each other we head out for a walk. When on one of the aforementioned walks the other morning we came across blackberries! I've never found wild blackberries in this neck of the woods so you can image my excitement.
Eilidh watched on from the safety of her seat as I alone jumped the fence, scaled the river bank and gathered the berries. A death-defying endeavour which Eilidh seem typically unimpressed with.
I collected a few, unfortunately, not nearly enough for a full pie so, I decided to make wee finger pies for our afternoon tea. Sugar or sweetener didn't even cross my mind, I think the excitement of my bounty fogged my brain. So I just sprinkled a little coconut sugar on the top of them before popping them into the oven.
Because I'm always looking for short cuts and the easy route I wanted to make a pastry that didn't need to involve my food processor. All you need is a fork. Oh, and it's Vegan, bonus!
Eilidh seemed to really enjoy the bitter, sourness of the berries. I not so much. So I put a little maple syrup over the top and ate them with a little plain yoghurt.
(Vegan) Pastry Finger Pies:
3 Tablespoons firm Coconut Oil
1 Cup of Plan Spelt Flour
Zest of one small Lemon
Yoghurt + Maple Syrup to serve
Mash the Coconut oil into the Spelt flour, once mashed in slowly add the chilled water until it comes together and forms a dough. It should be a firm dough, not wet. Roll out and cut out circles. Add a few berries to the circles, fold in 1/2 and press to seal with a folk.
Brush a little water over the top, sprinkle with a Coconut Sugar and bake for 10mins at 180 degrees.
Serve with Yogurt and Maple Syrup.