What Kind Of Friend Are You And Sour Cherry Jam With Chocolate Chip Biscuits

Sour Cherry Jam And Chocolate Chip Biscuits / My Friend's Bakery

What kind of friends do you have?

If you have a stray hair growing out of your chin, will your friend…

a) Come at you with a pair of tweezers and yank it out while you’re not looking?
b) Discreetly tell you about it and then direct you to the nearest mirror?
c) Say nothing and watch it grow from week to week, month to month?

Sour Cherry Jam And Chocolate Chip Biscuits / My Friend's Bakery

If you’ve sold your house and have to move within a month, will your friend…

a) Show up on your doorstep with boxes, bubble wrap, and coffee and get to work whether you’re ready or not?
b) Offer to help over the next couple of weeks when your schedules coincide?
c) Make excuses about being busy with kids, work, and chin hairs and stop answering the phone?

Sour Cherry Jam And Chocolate Chip Biscuits / My Friend's Bakery

If you have a fight with your husband and are on the verge of tears, will your friend…

a) Take you out for a bottle of wine and let you vent for a bit, while secretly cutting off his favorite appendage in her mind?
b) Take your kids out to a movie for a few hours while you and your husband work things out?
c) Go out for coffee with your husband?

Sour Cherry Jam And Chocolate Chip Biscuits / My Friend's Bakery

If a loved one passes away, will your friend…

a) Come over with dinner, bathe your kids, do your laundry, and envelop you in hugs and love?
b) Offer to help out by baking or serving coffee following the service?
c) Show up to the funeral and then duck out the back door just before it is over?

Sour Cherry Jam And Chocolate Chip Biscuits / My Friend's Bakery

If you bought a new dress that shows way more cleavage than you’re used to but makes you feel fabulous, will your friend…

a) Give you a high five for stepping out of your comfort zone?
b) Praise you for your efforts and then offer to fix it so you’re more comfortable?
c) Borrow the dress and never return it?

Sour Cherry Jam And Chocolate Chip Biscuits / My Friend's Bakery

If your friends are…

TYPE A
These friends are definite keepers. They know what you need without you ever having to say anything. They are true to themselves and to you. They will not sugar coat anything to spare your feelings but will always be truthful and honest with you. They are 100% invested in your relationship and they are fiercely protective. You may fight and hurt each other from time to time, but you know that you can count on each other and you can get through anything together. Your friendship will run deep and can last a lifetime.

TYPE B
These friends are steady and true. They are nurturing and like a mother, will sometimes stand back until you really need them to step in. They will always offer a safe place where you can be yourself and they will love you unconditionally. These friends are always aware of your feelings, but are not afraid to voice their opinion. Your friendship is based on mutual trust, love, and understanding and will always be treasured in your heart.

TYPE C
This friend is no friend at all. Run, don’t walk.

Sour Cherry Jam And Chocolate Chip Biscuits / My Friend's Bakery

Thankfully I have great friends, like Aaron and Gail, who will let me go and pick all the cherries that I want off their cherry tree. Thank you.

Sour Cherry Jam With Chocolate Chip Biscuits

Yield: 7 half pint jars and 12 biscuits

If you have a few extra sour cherries, cut them up and throw some into the biscuit dough before baking. Mmmm!

Ingredients

    For The Sour Cherry Jam
  • 4 cups pitted sour cherries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 box (57g) powdered fruit pectin
  • 5 cups granulated sugar
  • For The Chocolate Chip Biscuits
  • 2 cups flour, plus additional for dusting the board
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup lard
  • 1 large egg, lightly whisked
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar (optional)

Directions

For The Sour Cherry Jam

Add the pitted sour cherries to a large pot. Begin cooking the fruit over medium-high heat, and use a potato masher to gently mash the fruit, leaving some of the cherries in large pieces. Stir in the butter and almond extract. Once the butter has melted, stir in the powdered fruit pectin. Bring the mixture to a boil.

Add all of the sugar at once and mix well. Bring the fruit back up to a boil. Boil hard for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and scrape off any foam with a metal spoon.

Return to a full boil. Boil hard for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and skim off foam with a metal spoon.

Ladle the hot jam into sterilized half pint jars, leaving 1/4″ head space. Wipe the jar rims and add the lids. Process the jars in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes. Remove the jars and cool on wire racks.

For The Chocolate Chip Biscuits

Preheat the oven to 450 F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add the lard and using a pastry cutter, or two knives, gently cut in the lard until it resembles coarse oatmeal.

Add the lightly whisked egg and milk, and use a fork to combine most of the wet and dry ingredients together. Stir in the chocolate chips. Do not over mix. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to shape it into a flattened disk shape. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 3/4" thick.

Cut out biscuits with a floured cookie cutter that is about 2" diameter. Do not twist the cookie cutter when cutting out the biscuits, instead, go straight down and then straight back up. This will ensure that your biscuits rise up when baking.

Place the biscuits on the parchment lined baking sheet and brush the tops with melted butter. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.

Notes

Original Recipe by My Friend's Bakery 2015

http://myfriendsbakery.ca/blog/sour-cherry-jam-with-chocolate-chip-biscuits/

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Why Not And Black Forest Sundae Sauce

Black Forest Sundae Sauce / My Friend's Bakery

An interesting question came up at work the other day. “Why can’t we have ice cream at 9:30 in the morning?”

I think that’s a fair question. Who decided that we couldn’t? Is it because our mothers told us 40 something years ago that we weren’t allowed ice cream until after dinner? Is there some kind of guilt enforced ice cream law that we’re all unaware of?

Black Forest Sundae Sauce / My Friend's Bakery

What makes us, as grown adults, adhere to these perceived notions that there is something wrong with us if we cave into a sweet craving at the unseemly hour of 9 a.m.?  I remember plenty of times after an evening of drinking, going to whatever restaurant was open at 4 a.m. and having a burger and fries in the wee hours of the morning when one would normally be eating cereal, so why should ice cream consumption be any different?

Black Forest Sundae Sauce / My Friend's Bakery

Who made these rules? Who dictated the hours of the day when certain foods should or should not be eaten? Don’t we all love to have bacon and eggs for supper? Or toast and jam in the afternoon? Are we to be considered a freak of nature because we’d rather eat dessert in the morning than at night? I mean, ice cream is basically eggs and dairy products, isn’t it? That’s “breakfast” food.

Black Forest Sundae Sauce / My Friend's Bakery

And then you top it all off with some fruit, a smidgeon of booze, and a little chocolate? Well, I’d consider that a well-rounded meal no matter what time of day it is. Wouldn’t you?

Black Forest Sundae Sauce / My Friend's Bakery

Black Forest Sundae Sauce

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 7 half pint jars

A delicious sauce to pour over ice cream. Add some whipped cream to your sundae for an undeniable Black Forest Cake taste.
If you don't want to make enough sauce for canning, you can easily half this recipe and store all of the sauce in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved or coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup cherry Kirsch
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

Remove the pits from the cherries. Add the coarsely chopped or halved cherries to a large pot. Add the lemon juice, cherry Kirsch, and vanilla extract and bring the mixture to a slow boil over medium-high heat.

In a bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and 2 cups of sugar until it is evenly distributed and there are no clumps. Add the cocoa/sugar mixture to the cherries. Add the remaining sugar. Bring the mixture back up to a boil. Stir in the butter and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for 12 -15 minutes, stirring often, until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture has thickened slightly. The sauce will thicken further once it cools.

To can and store the Black Forest Sundae Sauce:

Ladle hot sundae sauce into sterilized half pint jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace. Wipe jar rims and add lids. Process jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Remove the jars and cool on wire racks. Store in a cool, dark place. Store any opened jars in the refrigerator.

Notes

Original Recipe by My Friend's Bakery 2015

http://myfriendsbakery.ca/blog/black-forest-sundae-sauce/

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