Summer Foraging Recipe: Elderberry-Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

In the woodland valleys of Central California, Elderflower trees have been in bloom all spring with their prolific, lacy white blossoms.  I've enjoyed making Elderflower syrup, candied elderflowers and sweet Elderflower Tempura.  A few days ago, I noticed that some of the trees are starting to bear fruit -- diminutive, tart little berries, deep purplish-blue growing in heavy clusters.  

Inspired by a love of biscuits and jam, foraging, and adapted from a recipe from Simply Beyond Herbs, I whipped up a simple and delicious jam made from the foraged Elderberries, fresh blueberries and using chia seeds for a perfect jammy consistency.

Enjoy and Happy Foraging!
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Elderberry-Blueberry Chia JamYield: One half-pint jarAuthor: Jenn Erickson Prep time: 10 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 20 M An easy and delicious sweet-tart jam to make from foraged Elderberries. Ingredients:1 1/2 cups elderberries, rinsedPinch of salt1 cup blueberries, rinsed2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds1/2 Tabl…

Artful Chocolate Dipped Treats with Chocolate Transfer Sheets ~ Tutorial and GIVEAWAY

Q:  How can you make a BAKE SALE BEST SELLER without having to bake?

A:  Make chocolate dipped Oreos on a stick with Chocolate Transfer Sheets!

Chocolate Transfer Sheets are food-grade acetate sheets that have been printed with fun and beautiful cocoa butter patterns. They are easy to use and yield professional, boutique candy store results!

If you're looking for an easy yet sophisticated way to transform the average chocolate dipped treat into something sublimely artful, you'll want to keep a few Chocolate Transfer Sheets in your pantry year-round.  

They're lovely on cakes too!
Transfer sheet treats are my favorite item to donate to bake sales, dessert auctions, and school events. They require little time, fuss and money, and are always top sellers!

The transfer sheets can be stored in a cool place for years,so they're always on-call for a last-minute project.

GIVEAWAY:  I'm giving away a collection of Chocolate Transfer Sheets to one lucky reader.  The details are at the end of this post!  Giveaway has ended.

How to Decorate Chocolate Dipped Treats
Using Chocolate Transfer Sheets

(for 3 dozen Oreos)
Candy Melts or Chocolate (20 oz.)
Package of Oreos
(Peppermint Joe Joes or Nutter Butters work well too)
36 lollipop sticks
(2) Parchment, wax paper or silicone lined baking sheets
(1) Chocolate Transfer sheet (12x16) cut in to 2x2 squares with scissors (Approx. $7)

Tip:  Use a light touch when handling Chocolate Transfer Sheets. Try to avoid touching the printed side, as human body temperature can easily melt or smudge the cocoa butter.

Step 1:  Insert sticks into the cookies. For Oreos I like to place a hand gently on top of the cookie as I insert the stick. Using light pressure from the top helps prevent the cookie from cracking and separating.

Step 2:  Finely chop your chocolate, melt and temper -- or -- use candy melts. Put the melted chocolate in a narrow vessel. I like to use a large water goblet. Holding the stick, dip an Oreo directly in to the melted chocolate.

Step 3:  Pull out and gently shake off excess chocolate.

Step 4:  Place dipped cookie on one of the lined cookie sheets.

Step 5:  Gently apply the transfer sheet, shiny side up (cocoa butter side down). Use the back of a spoon or flat object to gently tap out any air bubbles.

Step 6:  Repeat with remaining cookies. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Step 7:  Remove pans from refrigerator. Peel off and discard transfer sheets.

Step 8:  Wrap treats in cello bags and tie off with ribbon.

 Are you ready to give Chocolate Transfer Sheets a try?
I'm giving away a 4 sheet assortment from my collection to one Rook No. 17 reader.
Sorry, giveaway has ended.

(1) Orange Dot
(1) Black Floral Scroll
(1) Lime Floral Scroll
(1) Gold Stars
A $30 Value

Entering is easy!

Mandatory:  Be a follower of Rook No. 17 and leave a comment on this post by answering this question:  What is your favorite chocolate dipped treat?

For extra entries (leave a separate comment for each)
1) Follow Rook No. 17 on Twitter
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