Until this week I don’t think I’d ever tasted a fresh Black Raspberry. My only experience of the fruit was the frozen bags from Trader Joe’s. The Pudwill berries are a revelation. A unique flavor that almost seems artificial in the same way that fraises de bois have that almost bubblegum berry flavor.
I know that some followers of this blog think I was nuts to cook them at all, but I felt better about it after consuming nearly a whole basket one berry at a time. In the end I decided to make a galette, that easy rustic pie-tart that is almost too easy to throw together. Instead of the usual rich tart dough I would usually use I used an all butter pie dough.
As for the filling, I had a few sliced peaches left over from a peach pie and so I decided to combine the two fruits. It was gorgeous in the bowl. The black raspberries lent their deep color to tint the peaches in a way that emphasized the yellow-red color. A beautiful combination that ended up tasting more delicious than I imagined. The berries became even more intense and concentrated in flavor with cooking. I hope there are more at the market on Saturday.