Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cordial capers

All around us at the moment the Elderflowers are blooming lovely! I am tempted to try making Elderflower cordial, a real taste of summer that my mum has made for years and is a delicious nectar that I love... there's something so special about homemade Elderflower cordial. Maybe it's the picking of all the blooms as the sun shines on them so that they are fully open or is it the steeping process to suck all the flavour out of them and trap it in this delicious syrup?! Well whatever it is I think this is the year for me to try it myself! So here is a recipe I found for you all to share (my mum's on holiday so I can't get her version, I wonder if it's the same!) - any tips or tricks if you have done it yourself would be most welcome for this novice!

1.75kg granulated sugar
1.5 litres water
3 large lemons (4 if they aren't too sharply acidic)
25 large Elderflower heads in full bloom (shake to remove dust and bugs!)
50g citric acid

Put the sugar and 1 litre of the water into a saucepan and heat until all the sugar has dissolved
Pour out some of the syrup and set to one side
Add the final 500 ml into the pan and stir
Slice the lemons thinly by hand and place in a large glass bowl or stainless steel saucepan evenly covering the bottom. Place the elderflower heads on the lemon slices with the flowers down, stems up.
Sprinkle the citric acid over the flower heads and lemons, then pour the syrup over it all. Remember to add the reserved syrup as well. cover and leave overnight.
Strain the cordial through a fine sieve or muslin into sterilised jars/bottles. Label and date, Store in the fridge, covered with a sterilised lid.


Tam, UK


cindy : quaint said...

it sounds wonderful!

Silke said...

Oh, I made something like that once many years ago and it tasted so good! We also once had a recipe for dipping elder flowers in some sort of batter and deep frying them for a moment. I think we then sprinkled powdered sugar on them an enjoyed them very much! Oh, that brings back memories...:) Silke

Char said...

I've never heard of that before!! Sounds very tempting

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50sgal said...

I would love to try this recipe, but living in the usa as well as 1955, I will have to have a go at converting the measurements and to see if elderflowers are available.I have planted some blackberry bushes and grapes this year with the nod towards future wine production for myself.

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Mmmmm, sounds divine Tam...and as we were out all day yesterday I saw a bush full of there goes my excuse for not being able to do an elderflower cordial this summer!
I just have to find a bush near by.
Hugs, miss you!


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