In a film I recently watched, I came across this conversation;
– French cuisine is based on three main ingredients.
+What are they?
– Butter, butter and butter.
I know it sounds funny but after eating a couple of well-known french dishes (think of croissants for example), you understand how true this claim is. This recipe I’m sharing with you today is probably the best evidence. The crust is really buttery and flaky. As it starts baking, it perfumes your kitchen with the most incredible smell. Honestly I don’t like butter that much, but the buttery smell mixed with the fruity odors from the blackberries on top makes this dessert outstanding.
There is only one thing you have to be careful about when making the crust: All the ingredients should be cold. This includes butter, water, the room you make it in as well as your hands.If the dough gets too difficult to work with, adjust by adding more flour or ice water and you will be fine.
For the crust;
- 1,5 cups flour,
- 130 gr. cold butter (keep it in the freezer for 30 mins before using),
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar,
- 2 tablespoons ice water,
For the blackberry filling;
- 2,5 cups blackberries,
- 1/2 cup sugar.
For the top;
- 1/2 tablespoon melted butter,
- 1/3 tablespoon granulated sugar,
- 1 heaping spoon of cornstarch.
- For the dough, mix together the flour and sugar in a bowl,
- Cut the butter into cubes and add to the bowl,
- Using your hands, rub the butter into the flour trying not to let the warmth your hands melt the butter,
- Then add the ice-cold water and knead until everything comes together to form a non-sticky dough,
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 10 mins,
- Roll the dough out on a floured surface to a 3 mm thick circle and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper,
- In a bowl combine blackberries, sugar and cornstarch,
- Place the blackberry filling in the centre leaving a 2.5 cm gap from the sides,
- Fold the sides onto the topping, brush the crust with melted butter and sprinkle some sugar,
- Bake in an oven pre-heated to 190 degrees celsius, until the sides are golden brown.