One of the wonderful things about making elderberry jam, jelly and pie filling with your foraged elderberries is that you can use them for so many recipes throughout the year.
Yes, you can use your elderberry jelly for a tasty (and healthy!) twist on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. You can spread your elderberry jam on fresh bread or English muffins. And of course you can use your elderberry pie filling for pies, cobblers and crumbles.
But there are also so many other fun ways to use your home-canned elderberry goodness! Here are five delicious ways to use your home canned elderberry jam, jelly and pie filling.
These delicious cupcakes are filled with a scoop of elderberry pie filling and then frosted, with another small scoop of elderberry pie filling on top. I have the recipe on our family foraging blog (including gluten free directions).
Elderberry Cream Cheese
This super simple spread is delicious spread on crackers or bagels. I’m guessing it would also be wonderful (and beautiful) stuffed in strawberries for a summer party treat. Just blend softened cream cheese with elderberry pie filling to taste.
Stir 1/4 cup of elderberry jam into your favorite muffin batter (or cupcake recipe, if you want a sweeter muffin). Bake as usual. If you like, sprinkle a bit of coarse sugar on top to make them extra special.
Bake up your favorite cheesecake recipe and gently stir in about a half cup of elderberry pie filling, jelly or even elderberry syrup on top, swirling just a bit. Allow to set and serve, along with more elderberry pie filling as a topping if desired.
Elderberry Thumbprint Cookies
Make up a batch of your favorite thumbprint cookie recipe and fill each indentation with a teaspoon of elderberry jelly or jam. Bake and serve.
I have most of these recipes and about 70 more in my elderberry book (affiliate link), which you can order in paperback or Kindle editions. Of course, the book also teaches you how to make that elderberry jelly, jam, pie filling, juice and such and how to can it, so you can use your elderberries all year, along with how to dry and freeze your elderberries to use them for anti-flu elderberry syrup, elderberry tincture, wines, schnapps, juice, you name it. You’ll also learn how to find wild elders (generally more than you ever dreamed have been all around you all this time!), grow your own and use your elderberries and elder flowers for all kinds of wonderful foods, remedies, beverages and spirits.
Enjoy your elderberries!