Can we all agree that blackberries are the black sheep of berries in their regular form? Blackberry ice cream, YES. Blackberry mojito, I’ll take two! But put a bowl of blackberries out and very few people will snack on them as is. I, for one, can’t deal with the seeds and the tartness. I will say, however, that there is someone in my household that does eat them no problem – I am not mentioning any names. This Blackberry Schmear is potentially my new favorite way to enjoy these tart little berries.
So here we are, with a pint of blackberries and I want to do something with them. Otherwise I’ll throw a bunch of them out which I can’t stand doing – a trait that I inherited from Granny, no doubt. After toying around with several preparations, I landed on this Blackberry Schmear. And boy am I glad that this is where I landed; It is yum-my.You only need simple ingredients: Blackberries (obvi), cream cheese, lemon zest and sugar. Start to finish the dip takes about 10 minutes. You definitely can spare 10 minutes to whip up some of this blackberry schmear. Serve it with bagel chips (this is a winning combination), pita chips or on an english muffin. It is also delicious to dip other berries and fruit into. Use your imagination! Let’s work together to elevate these seedy, tart berries into something we can all enjoy.
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 T lemon zest
- 3 T sugar, divided
- 1/2 c blackberries
Mascerate blackberries in 2 T sugar for 5-10 minutes. If the berries are very tart, you may want to use slightly more sugar. Smash the berries using a fork until the mixture resembles a jam.
Stir half of the mixture into the softened cream cheese and add 1 T of sugar. Add additional blackberry mixture until a desired consistency is reached. Add in the lemon zest and any additional sugar if you would like the spread to be slightly sweeter.