Saturday, July 27, 2013

Marionberry Jam Biscuits

by Darla

Marionberry Jam Biscuits | ©BakingdomToday is our last day in Oregon. I can’t believe it’s time to leave already. It’s not just that the last few weeks have gone by so quickly, but also that we’re leaving Oregon so soon; we’ve only been here a little over a year.

When we found out we were coming to Oregon we were really excited. We were happy to be heading west, first of all, because we had never lived further west than Galveston, Texas. At least not together; the Hubster lived in California early in his Coast Guard career.

We were also excited because we were supposed to be here for four long, calm, settled years. The longest we’d lived anywhere up until then was three years, and that was a one time thing. Everywhere we’ve lived has been for two years or less. You can imagine how much we were looking forward to relaxing in one place for such a long time (by our standards).

Yet here we are, only 16 months later, spending our last day in Oregon, in a hotel after having watched the last of our belongings drive away from us last night, not to be seen again for three years, and we’re waiting to fly. To Europe.

Sometimes, it’s like I live in the Twilight Zone. I’m actually house hunting for a place to live in the Netherlands. Who does that?! It’s just weird. Completely, totally, awesomely weird.

Today, I’m paying homage to Oregon. We didn’t have a lot of time to get to know you, Oregon, and very little time to learn what we’d love and miss the most, but I think if you were to ask the Hubster what he loved the most about Oregon, his first response would be marionberries.

He loved marionberry ice cream, marionberry pies, tarts, jams, cookies, scones, and just plain marionberries. Period. So, as a parting Oregon gift to him, I made some sweet and simple marionberry jam, and baked it into some soft biscuits.

He was happy.

Marionberry Jam | ©BakingdomFor the jaam, which isn’t really jam at all, but kinda is, I just mixed some fresh marionberries together with a little sugar, and simmered until it was jammy. Ish. It was thickened and sweet and delicious.

Biscuit ThumbprintWhile the jam was cooling, I mixed up some simple buttermilk biscuits, with a touch of extra sugar to make them sweeter, and pressed my thumb in the tops, to make divots for the jam.

I made mine heart-shaped by pressing my thumb in twice, in a sort of ‘v’ shape.

Vanilla Sugar BiscuitNext, I brushed all of the biscuits with egg wash, then sprinkled them generously with vanilla sugar. Because I love vanilla sugar. You could also use plain granulated sugar, or raw sugar.

Marionberry Jam Heart | ©BakingdomLastly, I filled each divot with the cooled marionberry jam. It took about one teaspoon of jam per biscuit to fill them all.

Then, just bake and enjoy. Easy, eh?

Marionberry Jam and Biscuits | ©BakingdomSlather on some extra jam, enjoy with a hot cup of tea, and think of Oregon. Here are some things you can visulaize to help you, just in case you’ve never been: green…green grass and leaves and shrubs, green moss on the sidewalks and tree trunks, green pines towering over you, and green, fresh life at every turn. Water…cool and clear and falling from the sky, tumbling down stone, and burbling by in a stream, or crashing into rocks and sand at sea. Blue…blue, blue skies that stretch on and on, because for every person that says it rains so very often in Oregon, I counter with the fact that we saw more sun and gorgeous, stretching blue sky here than we have in many of the places we’ve lived. And even when it was an overcast and rainy day, the low tufts of scudding clouds were tinged with azure shades from deep navies to light steely blues.

Goodbye, Oregon. Thank you for having us, for welcoming us, and for being home.

Marionberry Jam Biscuits
Makes about 8 3 to 4-inch biscuits

Ingredients

FOR THE JAM
fresh marionberries (or any berries you like, such as strawberries or raspberries)
1/4 cup granulated sugar

FOR THE BISCUITS
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsaltted butter, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten (for egg wash)

To make the jam: Cook the marionberries and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 12–15 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in lemon zest. Pour into a shallow bowl or small jam jar, and let cool.

To make the biscuits: Preheat oven to 400°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mat; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Even distribute the butter over the flour mixture, and cut together withh a fork, or pulse 6 to 8 times int he food processor, until the mixture looks sandy with a few pea-sized clumps. Add buttermilk and use a fork to mix until just combined, or pulse 6 to 8 times, until just combined. Transfer to a lightly floured surface. Gently knead just until a shaggy, moist dough forms.

Roll out dough to about 1/2-inch thick. Using a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter, or a flower or heart shaped cutter (or any shape you like), cut out biscuits. Gather scraps together and repeat rolling and cutting until all dough is used.

Place biscuits on prepared baking sheet. Using your thumb, press a divot in the center of each biscuit. Brush the biscuits with the egg and sprinkle liberally with sugar. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the marionberry jam into each divot.

Bake 18–22 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm.

Recipe by Darla

Yummy Marionberry Biscuits | ©Bakingdom

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1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

So excited for you and your future trip! Living in a new country is definitely weird (the boy and I lived in Switzerland for 2 years) but it’s such a fabulous experience. Lovely tribute to Oregon! I love the sound (and look) of these cookies :)

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2 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers July 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

This post isn’t supposed to make me sad, so why am I sad???

Cause time zones are dumb, that’s right.

I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in Europe.

<3 ya.

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3 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch July 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Such an exciting time for you!
These biscuits look amazing!!!

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4 heather July 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Safe travels, friend! Looking forward!

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5 Abbie @ Needs Salt July 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm

These look so cute and simple! I love the idea of thumbprint biscuits.. even better than cookies, in my opinion. ;) I’ve never heard of marionberries, but they look absolutely delicious!

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6 Cookbook Queen July 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm

These are absolutely gorgeous!! Wishing you a safe trip, friend!!

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7 Becca from CookieJar Treats July 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

This is so exciting! Hopefully the transition will go as smoothly as possible.

These biscuits look fabulous! And that jam looks amazing! I’m a grape jelly kind of gal. but all the deep blue/purple jams and jellies always interest me :)

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8 Vicki July 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Your post was so sweet it made me sad and I don’t even know you except from your blog and Instagram. I hope living in the Netherlands is a wonderful experience. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

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9 Luzie July 28, 2013 at 1:43 am

Europe <3 I´m coming from germany, and I spend most of my holidays in the netherlands… the language is near to german. That´s what I think. Also, viel Spaß beim Flug und noch mehr Spaß in den Niederlanden!

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10 Robin July 28, 2013 at 4:58 am

These look like a terrific way to toast to the lovlies of this home and the promise of your new one. Looking forward to all your posts from Europe.

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11 Lynn July 28, 2013 at 9:02 am

I LOVE Oregon!!! My grandparents lived in Springfield back in the 70′s….I used to love driving up there on a whim from SF to visit them. Also, my hubs graduated from U of O…..he’s a DUCK, through & through! :) Where in Oregon did you live? Also, I have a question about the jam recipe…..it mentions lemon zest in the instructions but not in the ingredients….how much should I use? Good luck in your next adventure! It makes me think of the show, “House Hunters International”…..hope you found a wonderful place to live! :)

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12 Emily ~So Domesticated~ July 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

Delicious looking jam biscuits :) Good luck and safe travels… how exciting to be living in Europe!

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13 michelle July 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

wow the netherlands, how cool! good luck, but how will you make all your yummies without your go to kitchen stuff? I’m sure you’ll find a way :) ps these biscuits sound like a yumtastic breakfast!

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14 Kathia July 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

Good luck in The Netherlands, I am sure you will find a cute little house and make it home pretty soon. These jam biscuits look so delicious!!

Safe travels!

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15 Renee @ Awesome on $20 July 30, 2013 at 6:05 am

These are completely delightful. My mom was born in Portland, and I grew up in Washington, so I used to visit Oregon often. It is an absolutely beautiful piece of the Earth. I have no doubt that the Netherlands will be just as beautiful. I can’t wait to witness your adventures.

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16 Sydney July 31, 2013 at 5:36 am

Yummm! These look delicious! Hope y’all have happy travels! Good luck in the Netherlands! Can’t wait to see what you’re up to next!

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17 Jessica July 31, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Hi Darla,

I’ve been reading your website for years, but this is my first comment. I love baking, just as you do, but haven’t got enough time to bake on a regular basis, so reading about it is the next best thing. I really like the way you combine writing about food with your your travels over the world, and I am exited that you will live in the Netherlands for some time, as I am Dutch! Welcome to our beautiful little country, and please visit all our lovely sights, not just the Rijksmuseum and Volendam (but don’t forget those two!).

Jessica

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