Make Carrie Underwood’s Fresh Blackberry Jam

07/09/2014 at 01:12 PM ET

Carrie Underwood Blackberry Jam
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When Carrie Underwood asked, “Who wants wild blackberries?!” on Instagram alongside a photo of her collecting summer berries, we thought, well, we do!

The country star went blackberry picking in Nashville on Monday with her friend Ivey Childers — and then turned their harvest into a buffet of berry-filled treats.

“This will be the first of many blackberry picking outings for us. It was so fun and therapeutic,” said Childers, the owner of IveyCake bakery. “Neither of us mind sweating and getting in the middle of thorns to get to the fruit.”

Toting a straw basket, “Carrie loaded up a backpack with a portable speaker, [and] we mostly listened to Brad Paisley and 80s & 90s country while picking berries,” she said.

So, what did pair make with their berry harvest?  Their impressive baking list included blackberry pie topped with a lattice crust, blackberry cobbler, blackberry doughnuts and fresh blackberry jam.

“We have always talked about how fun it would be to make our own homemade jam,” said Childers, who created Underwood’s wedding cake in 2010. “Since blackberries are in season, we decided to start with that flavor.”

At the end of the day, Underwood and Childers each took some jam home — and Childers later used her batch as inspiration for her latest cupcake creation, lemon blackberry with blackberry frosting. Just mix some jam into your frosting recipe and cake batter or use it as a cupcake filling, she suggests.

“I have always told Carrie she has a natural touch for baking,” said Childers. “She bakes and cooks phenomenally.”

Want to make the versatile (and delicious!) jam at home? Try the recipe below — it takes less than ten minutes to cook.

Blackberry Jam
4 cups freshly picked blackberries
½ cup raw sugar
½ cup maple syrup
4 tbsp. cornstarch
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. lemon juice

1. In a large saucepan, heat all the ingredients over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved and mixture becomes thick, about 10 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour mixture into mason jars, and store in the fridge.

—Michelle Ward

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Erin on

I think Carrie is gorgeous, so I just want to know what the hell happened to the picture of her at the top?? It looks like her teeth were drawn in!!

Deborah on

Cannot wait to try Ivey’s new cupcake. So lucky to work down the street from one of the bakeries. Best cupcakes ever!!