My husband’s family has an amazing tradition of going to pick huckleberries. They go every year, but despite our being together for the last 3 years I have never had the chance to attend….. until now.
Our weekend started off with a 5 hour drive north. We loaded up our tent and sleeping bags and hit the road. Once we got to our destination we set up camp. (I am not a big camping person, but for my husband I will do anything). His parents and siblings had arrived earlier in the week, so for the most part the hard work was done. All we had to do was assemble our tent. But once camp was set up, the real work began.
You see the thing about huckleberries is that they are tiny. They are spread out on the vine, and they don’t grow in large bunches the way grapes do. My husband had of course told me this all before hand, but i guess i thought he was exaggerating….. turns out he was not. These tiny things take FOREVER to pick.
Did I mention that huckleberries apparently only grow in weird places? They have to be at the right climate and altitude before they will grow. This meant we had taken to the mountains (well a canyon to be precise) to find us some huckleberries. Hiking is fun and all but its not exactly the Foley style which meant we got to use ATVs!
(we don’t own an ATV, we borrowed his family’s vehicles the entire trip. He also spent the entire trip trying to convince me that we needed to buy our own ATVs. He had some decent arguments)
It was a really excellent weekend. Everyday was filled with picking, and riding, and games around the campfire. Not to mention the food was phenomenal. I don’t know how they pull it off but his family always had the most gourmet camp meals. After three days and hours and hours of picking we came home with a whole gallon of huckleberries. Which means only one thing…..
Huckleberry Cream Cheese Crepes! (a Foley Family Favorite)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- Melted unsalted butter
- Cream Cheese
Set aside meted butter. It will be used to grease the pan. But mix all the other ingredients for a good amount of time until they are very smooth, no clumps. (Iprefer to hold the water, and add slowly to make sure I get exactly the right consitency). Finally cook over Medium-High heat until golden Brown
Mix Huckleberries and sugar to taste. Mix Cream Cheese and Sugar to taste. Smother crepes to your heart’s content. (for a little something extra, mix lemon juice and powdered sugar to make a simple glaze, drizzle over top)
I think I’m going to like this new tradition.