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…

"Soft Serve" Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes & Kupcake Konz Pan Giveaway!

Saturday morning cartoons, a shiny metal lunchbox, loudly belting misinterpreted song lyrics, and soft serve ice cream cones dipped in chocolate -- memories from my childhood that never fail to evoke a warm glow from my heart light.  It's the latter that inspired today's creative cake fake-out.

Photo credit:  Becheery/Flickr
You have, no doubt, seen the clever hand-held cake creation that is the Cupcake Cone, no? If you've ever tried to make them perhaps you've run in to the common pitfalls of tipping cones, batter that runneth over, and cones that come out lumpenly deformed? Enter, my hero, the Kupcake Konz pan:

I was introduced to this marvelous pan more than a year ago when I came across a blog that was giving one away. I didn't win the giveaway, but (with a nod to the power of blog advertising through giveaways), I immediately ordered a Large Family Size Kupcake Konz pan for myself.  Since then I've used it more times than I can count for all types of whimsical cupcake cone creations.

Easter Basket Cupcake Cones (not my creation)
Photo courtesy of Kupcake Konz 
Kupcake Konz pans come in many sizes. They have pans to hold large quantities, or just a small batch. They make pans to hold mini cones as well as the standard cones you find in your local grocery store. They even have a party pack that is perfect for a cupcake cone decorating party!

Kids Party Pack, photo courtesy of Kupcake Konz
Here's what I love most about this pan: 

1)  It makes baking cupcake cones a cinch.  Simply insert cones, dispense batter and bake!
2)  It doubles as a carrier/server.  Perfect!  You don't have to worry about your creations tipping over during transport, or when being served.
3)  It's easy to clean.
4)  It's affordable.
Want One?
You can enter for an opportunity to win one after the recipe below!

The generous folks at Kupcake Konz have offered to give one lucky Rook No. 17 reader a Large Family Size Pan (makes 3 dozen cones) plus a 32 oz. batter dispenser.  To celebrate, I've whipped-up a nostalgia inspired cupcake cone creation:

Soft Serve Cupcake Cone Recipe/Tutorial
If you run in to any trouble downloading this recipe, please contact me and I will be happy to send it to you.

Enter for a chance to win a Large Family Size Kupcake Konz pan and 32 oz. batter dispenser:

Mandatory entry:  Follow Rook No. 17, then leave a comment telling me what you'd like to create with a Kupcake Konz pan.

For additional entries (leave a separate comment for each)
1)  Follow Kupcake Konz on Facebook and be sure to leave a friendly hello on their wall.
2)  Visit the Kupcake Konz website and tell me which product you most like.
5)  Tweet this:  "I entered to win a Kupcake Konz pan at Rookno17. Have you?" 

One winner will be drawn at random on Friday, October 21 at midnight PST.
Open to residents of the U.S.

Disclosure:  I am not receiving any sort of compensation for this review.  The opinions and accolades shared herein are genuine and are my own.

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