This is a very good way to serve blackberries as the top of the dessert is both soft and crisp. Apple can also be used.


  • 450g (1 lb) Blackberries
  • A little water
  • 75g (3 oz) and 50g (2 oz) Caster sugar
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 4 tblsp Milk
  • 3–4 Sponge cakes or double sponge fingers
  • 1 Egg white


  • Cook the blackberries, water and enough sugar to sweeten, then put the fruit and some, but not all, of the juice into a buttered pie dish.
  • Beat the egg yolk with the milk, cut the sponge cakes in half and soak in the egg and milk mixture.
  • When the sponge cakes have absorbed the egg and milk, lay them over the blackberries to cover.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4 and cook for about 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, whip up the egg white, add the caster sugar, take out the amber (the fruit and sponges) from the oven, and spread the egg mixture over the top.
  • Turn the oven down to 140°C/275°F/gas mark 1 and put back in oven, leaving for about 15 minutes or until the top is amber-brown. Serve hot with cream.
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