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…

Better With Sprinkles: Fall Pinwheel Icebox Cookies
{PLUS a Sprinkles! Cookbook Giveaway}

There are two sights that will never fail to send me into fits of girlish glee -- sprinkles and glitter. Wherever they are sprinkled, joy is sure to follow.  So it was with childlike delight that I greeted the arrival of an advanced copy of Sprinkles! Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts by Jackie Alpers (release date October 15, 2013).

photo source: Jackie Alpers

Playful and creative, this book of sugary sweet recipes and eye-popping photography is a delight to behold.  An award-winning photographer, Alpers brings an artist's eye to the table as she presents dozens of ways to liven up breakfast sweets, cookies, cakes, pies and party snacks with sprinkles.  For the super sprinkle smitten, she's even included a tutorial for how to create your own sprinkles from scratch!

photo source: Jackie Alpers

Here are some of my favorite selections from the 143-page book:

Embroidered Sugar Cookies, page 63

Starry Night Fruit Leather, page 121

The book inspired me to do a little sprinkle-baking of my own.  So for the party on my last day of student teaching, I made up a batch of Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies using the easy and delicious recipe from SugarWinzy.  I made a few little modifications, which I will detail below, but you can get the full recipe and her step-by-step tutorial from the original source.  These cookies are simple, yet so delicious!  You can customize the sprinkles to match the occasion! 

Sprinkle-fied Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

makes 3 dozen cookies

  • Double batch of Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies (recipe from SugarWinzy HERE)
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles (I used an assortment of white Nonpareils and orange and brown Jimmies for the perfect balance of crunch)

Step 1:  Prepare a double-batch of the SugarWinzy recipe. 

Step 2:  When dough is ready to roll, roll out to 7" x 12" (rather than the 8x7 quoted in the original)

Step 3:  Continue to laminate the sheets together according to the instructions in the recipe.

Step 4:  When 2-toned log has been rolled, spread sprinkles on a large piece of parchment or wax paper.  Gently roll the dough log back and forth through the sprinkles till coated.  Roll up in a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap and chill according to original recipe.  Repeat with second log.

Step 5: When dough has rested for at least 30 minutes in the freezer, use a sharp, non-serrated knife to cut the logs into 1/4" slices.  Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet (I got 12 to a sheet on a 1/2- sheet pan) and bake at 325 ° for 20 minutes.  


Log on to for some sweet behind-the-sprinkes action!

  • Spread the love with a collection of shareable Recipe Cards
  • Read a Q&A with the author
  • Pin your finished recipe photos to the Sprinkles! Pinterest board



Quirk Books is giving away one copy of  Sprinkles! Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts to one lucky Rook No. 17 reader. Enter below.  Good luck!

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