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Now, to cooking in my new kitchen...another wonderful produce that I have been introduced to here in Carolina, is Scuppernong Grapes, which are native to the South. I've made 18 jars of jelly, given a lot away, but enjoyed delicious PB & Grape Jelly sandwiches for my lunch (or a snack!) almost daily. These large grapes are usually green or bronze in colour and rounder than a white grape. They're a variety of Muscadine grapes and the "state" fruit of North Carolina. My friend, who provides me with fresh eggs, has a small vineyard and brought over several pickings and I shared my jelly recipe with her. We made jelly last Sunday together and I did another batch this morning to replenish my winter supply:-D
Scuppernong Grape Jelly
Prepare jars by washing and rinsing 8 half-pint jars or 3 pint jars. Fill almost with water and microwave half the jars for 4 minutes to sterilize. Use tongs to remove the hot jars from the microwave, empty the water and turn jars upside-down on a paper-towel-lined pan. Cover with a dish cloth while you make the jelly. Place the rings and tops in a small sauce pan, covered with water, and bring to a boil, turn down to simmer until you need to seal the jars.
3 lbs. Scuppernong grapes, washed and roughly chopped in a food processor
1 pkg. Certo Liquid Pectin
2 T fresh lemon juice
7 cups granulated sugar
Place grapes in the food processor and pulse to chop (I did 3 lbs. in 2 batches). Place the mixer in a large Dutch Oven pan with 1 cup water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower temperature slightly and boil for 10 minutes.
Strain the mixture in cheesecloth-lined colander; I used my grandmother's colander with smaller holes.
You need 4 cups of juice for this recipe. Place the juice, Certo liquid pectin, and fresh lemon juice in the Dutch Oven (I did wash my pan before using it again), and bring to a boil, stirring almost constantly. When it comes to a rolling boil (one that you cannot stir down), add the sugar and stir constantly.
Bring to a boil again and set the timer for 1 minute.
Ladle the jelly into the prepared jars, wiping around the rim of the jar with a wet paper towel to remove any spillage. Seal with a lid and ring and turn jars upside-down.
Cover with the dish towel and let set 10-15 minutes. When you turn the jars right-side up, you should hear a "pop." Then, you'll know the jars are sealed and good for one year on the shelf; however, I doubt if any of this jelly will last that long! If you have some left, but not enough for another full jar, place in a plastic container and refrigerate to use first.
Double Chocolate Teacakes
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup + 2 T granulated sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup very strong coffee
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup Queen Guinevere Cake Flour
6 T King Arthur all-purpose flour
6 T Cocoa
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 3/4 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Spray 1-9" x 5" loaf pan, or 8 well mini loaf pan with a baking spray and set aside.
Mix the buttermilk, coffee and vanilla extract together and set aside.
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together thoroughly. Add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed with a rubber spatula.
Chop the chocolate.
Add the dry ingredients, alternately with the buttermilk/coffee mixture just until blended. Stir in the chopped chocolate. Note--the batter is somewhat thinner than most quick breads.
Place in the loaf pan or scoop into the mini loaf pan as I used.
The recipe would have made 10 mini loaves, but I opted to bake two rounds to give away to a friend.
Bake for 25 minutes, if you use a mini loaf pan (or muffins) or 55 minutes for a regular-side loaf pan.
Cool 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely. I simply dusted them with confectioners' sugar, but you could also do a drizzle of ganache--which would make these Triple Chocolate Teacakes! Enjoy!
My life is still hectic, but becoming a little more normal each day. Our weather is beautiful and I'm longing to be outside planning new flower beds and knitting on our screened-in porch...maybe one day:-D