Chase away winter doldrums with rich fare that features a taste of summer’s best, captured in mouthwatering jams and jellies. Canned at the height of the season with the ripest produce, preserves offer an excellent way to enjoy these vibrant jewels any time of year.
Express affection on Valentine’s Day with a doily-lined box of heart-shaped Honey-Lavender Shortbread with Strawberry Preserves. These golden cookies—flavored with vanilla, honey, lavender, and cardamom—sandwich a layer of strawberry jam.
A crowning pleasure with tea or after dinner, Victoria Sponge Cake showcases two delectable vanilla and almond layers melded with lingonberry preserves and orange buttercream frosting.
Treat guests to individually portioned Miniature Pavlovas, ethereal creations made with airy meringue. Topped with fromage blanc and raspberry-pomegranate jam, the dessert is enhanced with sprigs of mint, fresh raspberries, pomegranate arils, and edible flowers.
Text Brittany Flowers
Photography Kamin Williams
Styling Kathleen Cook
Recipe Development and Food Styling Loren Wood
For more enticing delights, see “Blissful Berry Confections” on page 31 in the January/February 2015 issue.