Blackberries are a big part of Michaelmas tradition. According to legend, St. Michael cast Lucifer out of heaven on Michaelmas (originally, this legend was attached to Old Michaelmas – which was on October 10th). Lucifer landed in a blackberry bramble, and being so angered by the prickles, he spat on them – so, it became unlucky to pick blackberries after Michaelmas, since they would be spoiled.
“On Michaelmas Day, the devil puts his foot on blackberries.”Irish proverb
Because of this association, blackberry desserts are a popular tradition for Michaelmas – whether blackberry pie or cobbler, it’s considered the last time of the season to use these late berries.
Here’s a fun way to bring some Michaelmas flavors and imagery into the holiday – a blackberry pie with a fire-breathing dragon on top!
I love a rustic pie crust – it may not look flawless, but it’s delicious! To make the dragon on top, I just rolled out the pie dough and traced the dragon onto the dough. I partially baked the pie, then added the dragon on top and finished baking the pie.