Summer Foraging Recipe: Elderberry-Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

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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…

Handmade Gift Idea: Swedish Tea Cake Baking Kit


This recipe comes from the Swedish side of my husband's family.  The buttery little tea cakes are delicious warm or cold with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee. If you have a set of mini tart tins (Sandbakelser tins) sitting around, this is a recipe that will put them to good use. If you don't have a set, you're going to want to get one!


While holiday shopping online this year, I came across a set of  36 Sandbakelser tins on Amazon for less than $14 (HERE).  I decided to break up the set to turn our family recipe into a mason jar baking kit for holiday gifts.  


I measured and funneled the dry ingredients into a wide-mouth mason jar, set down a flattened baking cup, and inserted a dozen tins on top.  Then, I topped the jar off with a paper doily and a custom label bearing the recipe.


Swedish Tea Cake Baking Kits
  • Whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup almond flour (meal) per jar.
  • Funnel into a wide-mouth mason jar.  Tap jar gently on a flat surface to allow ingredients to settle.  
  • Set a flattened paper baking cup on top of the flour mixture.  Place a stack of tart tins on top.  Place lid on jar.  Cover with a doily.  Set custom label in place (you can download a sheet for free HERE).  Screw on the band.


To make a batch of your own Swedish Tea Cakes to enjoy, here's our family recipe:



Swedish Tea Cakes
(baked in Sandbakelser)

Yield:  Approx. 16 tea cakes

2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup almond meal
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and almond meal.  Set aside.  Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg white, vanilla and almond extracts to combine.  Stir in the flour mixture to form a soft dough.  Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.  Preheat oven to 375 ° F.  Press dough into mini tart tins (flush with the rim).  Set tins on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until edges just begin to brown.  Remove from oven and cool for 2 minutes.  Invert tins to remove cakes.  Serve warm or cold, lightly dusted with powdered sugar. 


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