Recipe: Easy Chia Seed Jam

I’m a big fan of easy recipes so when I tell you that this is easy, I mean it! You can make some delicious fruity jam in 10 minutes or less (not including cooling time). And if berries aren’t in season where you are, have no fear because frozen works just as well! I make this year round and it goes great on scones, English muffins, paired with your favourite nut butter, or just on a spoon. After all, if you’re setting the table for afternoon tea – you’re going to have some jam to go with those Lemon & Cranberry or Pumpkin Spice Scones, right?

My Easy Chia Seed Jam is lower in sugar than traditional jams, which makes it also friendly for those looking to cut down on sugar – plus all those chia seeds are an added boost of omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, iron and calcium! If you’ve ever made a chia pudding before, you’ll know that chia seeds thicken things up! That’s what makes this jam more jam-like than fruit juice – give it a bit of time to work, and it’ll thicken up!

Easy Chia Seed Jam – Makes 1½ cups

2 cups berries (fresh or frozen)¹
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons sweetener²

¹ I used a frozen berry mix for the Easy Chia Seed Jam featured in the photos (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry).

² I typically use agave syrup (unflavoured) or maple syrup, but you can opt to use honey or simple syrup (1:1 ration of sugar and water). If you want to keep this jam vegan friendly, then avoid using honey.

Throw in the berries into a saucepan and put it on medium to high heat.
As the juices start to come out, break up the berries with a potato masher.
Once your mashed berries start bubbling, add chia seeds and sweetener.
Turn off heat, stir until evenly mixed.
Allow to cool and then transfer into an air-tight container.

This Easy Chia Seed Jam will keep in the fridge for up to a week, but in my experience it doesn’t last that long. Please note, because of the low sugar content (as well as the lack of pectin) this is not a canned jam or preserve. You do need to keep it in the fridge and use it within a week (if you make a big batch, you can freeze it for later).

If you make this Easy Chia Seed Jam, I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!

Recipe: Lemon & Cranberry Scones

When life gives you lemons… you zest it and make some scones! At least that’s what I did – and why not? I love the flavours and smells of citrus, and using the zest from a lemon is always a good idea (bonus, you could juice the lemon afterwards to make yourself an Iced Tea Lemonade or a Matcha Lemonade!). Plus, scones are always an excellent accompaniment to a cup of tea to have a little treat yo’self moment or to start off an afternoon tea.

Lemon & Cranberry Scones – Makes 18-24

3½ cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt¹
½ cup butter (cold, diced)
⅓ cup white granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 cup milk (plus extra for glaze)
Zest from 1 lemon
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup dried cranberries

¹ Optional, so if you’re watching your salt intake, feel free to omit!

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
When will mixed, add in butter. Use 2 butter knives or a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter with the flour.
Add sugar – mix in. You should still see butter not fully mixed in.
Add 1 egg yolk, milk, lemon zest and lemon juice – mix some more.
Fold in dried cranberries until well mixed in.
Dump dough out onto a floured surface (e.g. your kitchen counter).
Pat the dough down or roll out until approximately 1¼” (~3cm) thick.
Using a floured round cookie cutter (or a smooth glass or jar), cut out scones.
Mix remaining egg yolk with ~1 tablespoon of milk, brush onto tops of scones as a glaze.
Place onto a lined cookie sheet and into the oven they go!
Bake for 12-15mins or until the tops are golden brown.

Recipe adapted from Will Torrent’s Afternoon tea at home, “Classic scones”

If you make these Lemon & Cranberry Scones, I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Scones

My love of the #PSL knows no boundaries, because of the season and all that. Autumn is one of my favourite seasons because of the leaves changing colour, the crispness in the air – and my birthday that’s coming up! This recipe not only fills that millennial need to put pumpkin spice in literally everything, it’s also a scone recipe and who doesn’t need a nice warm scone to go with a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte?

Bonus – this recipe uses the same Pumpkin Spice Mix that I had featured in my Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte recipe, so you might as well make both!

Pumpkin Spice Scones – Makes 18-24

3½ cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt¹
½ cup butter (cold, diced)
⅓ cup brown sugar (packed)
2 tablespoons Pumpkin Spice Mix
½ cup pumpkin puree
2 egg yolks
1 cup milk (plus extra for glaze)
1 tsp lemon juice

¹ Optional, so if you’re watching your salt intake, feel free to omit!

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
When will mixed, add in butter. Use 2 butter knives or a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter with the flour.
Add brown sugar and Pumpkin Spice Mix – mix in. You should still see butter not fully mixed in.
Add pumpkin puree, 1 egg yolk, milk, and lemon juice – mix some more.
Dump dough out onto a floured surface (e.g. your kitchen counter).
Pat the dough down or roll out until approximately 1¼” (~3cm) thick.
Using a floured round cookie cutter (or a smooth glass or jar), cut out scones.
Mix remaining egg yolk with ~1 tablespoon of milk, brush onto tops of scones as a glaze.
Place onto a lined cookie sheet and into the oven they go!
Bake for 15mins or until the tops are golden brown.

Recipe adapted from Will Torrent’s Afternoon tea at home, “Classic scones”

Tips for Pumpkin Spice Scones Success:

Use canned pumpkin puree, not canned pumpkin pie filling as the latter often comes pre-mixed with spices and you’ll be blending your own Pumpkin Spice Mix.
Use cold butter because it’ll help give the scones that flakey texture.
Help the environment and get yourself a silicone baking sheet – that way you won’t be using parchment paper that gets thrown out or into food waste each time (why not get a reusable option?).

If you make these Pumpkin Spice Scones, I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!