When I get a new ingredient to bake with, I’m always eager to call my friend Suzy to help me create new recipes. She’s the ideal friend to test and taste since she’s always honest and will tell me what she really thinks. Yesterday, still soaring with excitement after my successful dinner incorporating Zereshk (barberries), I couldn’t wait to use these tart zingers for something sweet. I’d been kind of obsessed with the idea since Monday.
As always, Suzy was as enthusiastic as I to create something new, especially something sweet! We baked two delightful treats yesterday, Barberry Orange Glazed Scones and Barberry Biscotti and both were hits. The barberries lent a not-so-subtle hint of tartness to the sweet cookies. We made the scones a tad sweeter than most in order to handle the sourness of the barberries. If you’ve never had barberries before, you might detect a hint of lemon in these treats. If you don’t have or want to order barberries online, you can substitute chopped cranberries.