Thursday, June 2, 2016

Review/Recipes: Norm's Farms Elderberry Jam

When I hear 'elderberry', I immediately think of two things: the first being insults from The Quest for the Holy Grail “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries!” and the second, a wonderful herbal immune booster.

While elderberry goodies are common in Europe, finding them in the U.S. can be tricky. So, when I heard about Norm's Farms and their elderberry jam I was elated.

Ordering the jam from their website was extremely simple, and it arrived within four days, the glass jar wrapped in bubble wrap and surrounded by packing peanuts.

 The beautiful dark jam made me quickly decide that it was time for tea. While the water boiled, I opened the jar and spread some on bread that I had made that morning.

 My first impression was that it was a lovely complex flavor, but not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Personally, I like that it isn't over sweet, like most jams you can get at the store, but I will say that Mischief definitely prefers to have the super sweet stuff from the grocery store. (More for me!)

If you have a bread machine, this is how I made my bread:


I make this recipe so often, I have it memorized, and everyone loves it.

1 C plus 2 T Hot Water (I use the hot water from the tap)
2 T oil (you can use varying oil, depending on what flavor you want)
1 T ground flax seed
4 T sugar
1 t salt
3 C Flour
1 T bread yeast

Place ingredients in the bread machine pan in order and cook using the machine's express bake setting. Mine has a 58 minute setting and an 80 minute setting, and while the 58 minute setting cooks it just fine, I find the 80 minute produces a better loaf.

The original Norm's Farm is located in Missouri, but the family has realized that the single farm can't keep up with the demand for this amazing little fruit, so they work with small family farms in North Carolina to supply what the Missouri location can't.

Being from a farming community in Wisconsin, I really appreciate the emphasis on the family farms, instead of just going with a large corporate farm.

The elder bush is a wonderful plant, though only the flowers and berries are edible. Even with the berries, though, you must be cautious and not eat too many that are raw, so jams and preserves are perfect for adding elderberry to your diet.

Containing vitamins C and A, bioflavonoids, flavonoids, beta-carotene, iron, and potassium, these little berries are great for preventing colds and flu. They also contain anti-viral properties, which help to make them effective against many viral infections.

Norm's Farms offer many different elderberry products, ranging from the jam ($6) I got to try, other jam flavors, elderberry syrup, and even the flowers!

You can order on their website, or check to see if there is a store near you that carries their products!

While the easiest way to enjoy Norm's Farms jam was to spread it on bread, my family's favorite way to eat it was in pocket cookies that I made from my grandmother's recipe:


When I called my grandma and asked her for the recipe, reminding her how I loved them as a kid, she laughed. These cookies are simply a sugar cookie with a filling! Feel free to use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, but I used Grandma's tried and true one.

1 ½ C Powdered Sugar
½ C Softened Butter
½ C Shortening
1 t Vanilla
1 Large Egg
2 ½ C Flour
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Cream of Tarter

Granulated Sugar for sprinkling
Jam for filling

Beat powdered sugar, butter, shortening, vanilla, and egg on medium speed until well combined. Stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tarter. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours

Preheat oven to 375 and line or lightly grease cookie sheet.

Divide dough in half, roll each half ¼ inch thick on a lightly floured surface and cut into an even number of circles.

Put a dollop of jam on one cookie, place a second cookie on top. Cut a slit in the top cookie and crimp edges. Sprinkle granulated sugar on top. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.

Bake cookies about 10 minutes, or until edges are light brown. Cool on rack.

Try to not eat all of them at once!


  1. Yum, these look lovely.
    Dropped by from Blogger's Pit Stop and is making me hungry. :)
    Hope this weekend treats you kindly. :)

  2. Ok are you in NC too? I am in NC. Glad to hear of a business from here. I had never heard of them and will have to check them out. It looks yummy! #productreviewparty on girl. Have an awesome weekend.

  3. Oh I will have to get some of the jam, it sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

  4. Hi Jessica,
    Elderberries are a nutritious and tasty fruit that I think many people aren't aware of and don't use them. I love your recipe for the cookies - they sound tasty and healthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

  5. I never heard of Elderberries before. Interesting, sounds like it is yummy. #ProductReviewParty

  6. Thanks for sharing on Let's Get Real Friday Party. #LetGetRealSocial. Elderberries are yummy and I know I would enjoy the jam.

  7. Elderberry jam is so yummy~ thanks for linking up with Let's Get Real!

  8. I have never tasted anything with elderberries! Love the idea of sugar cookies filled with jam! #overthemoon

  9. They look divine Jessica! Mimi xxx

  10. These look amazing! Such a great idea to make them into little cookies!

  11. I love elderberry jam and these cookies look scrumptious!

  12. That jam looks very tasty. What a great idea to put it in a cookie!!!

  13. Oh do these look heavenly. I love any jam-filled cookie. Thanks for bringing these cookies to my party this week.

  14. Oh wow, those cookies look like such a treat! I love the idea of elderberry jam too! Thanks for sharing this review and recipe with us on Simply Natural Saturdays!

  15. Elderberry jam pockets looks delicious, I love to try taste test. thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning and tweeting.

  16. Jessica, I had no idea that elderberries were so good for us! When we were young we had them growing wild on our property. We kids would go along with our Gran and Mom and pick for an afternoon or two. It was a hot and prickly job, but the pies and jam Mom made were worth it! Nice to see that Norm's is a family farm, love that! Wish there were more of them.

  17. Oh yum! I love elderberry jam. The cookies look so delicious!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  18. Awesome cookies a great summer treat! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen