Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Elderflower Cordial

There are so many Elderflower trees here, but strangely we’ve never seen Elderflower cordial in the shops, so the only option was to make it myself. Carole and I picked some lovely blooms that were steeped in a lemon, sugar and water mix for 2 days before bottling. The smell in the kitchen was amazing. The cordial was so delicious that I’m going to make some more before the blooms disappear.

Elderflower 1
Elderflower 2
Elderflower 4

 

Ingredients Method
30 Elderflower blooms
1kg Caster sugar
1 1/2 litres boiling water
4 large lemons
55 grams citric acid
Put sugar and boiling water into a pan and stir until the sugar is dissolved, then leave to cool.
Grate the lemons, then slice the lemons thickly and add both to the pan.
Stir in the citric acid.
Do not wash the elderflower blooms, just shake to remove insects then add to the pan.
Give everything a good stir, cover with a tea towel and leave for 48 hours.
Run the cordial through a muslin cloth over a bowl for a few hours to collect all the cordial.
Pour into sterilized jars and store in a dark place, but once opened store in the fridge.
The cordial can also be frozen in ice-cube trays.

11 comments:

  1. I meant to make some. Sounds delicious!

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    1. It is and I don't think it will last long x

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  2. No elder-flowers around here, but that does sound good. Enjoy your visitors Diane

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    1. Looks like work has started in the kitchen! :)

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    2. Loads of trees round here, we could have brought you some. We took the tiles off a while ago, they were so high, but the kitchen will be ripped out very soon x

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  3. I had intended to make elderflower cordial this year, and even saved up some screw topped bottles to put the cordial in, but alas the flowers have come and gone, ignored by us because we were too busy doing other things. Not to worry, there is always next year....!

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    1. Well worth doing as it is delicious. I've made a second batch but the flowers have pretty much finished now x

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  4. I bet that tastes good. I'm sure Nattie will give it a try x

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    1. Graham has tried it and loved it, but Natties been on the wine :) x

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  5. This was lovely and easy to make x

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    1. Very easy and 2 bottles have gone already x

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