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Elderflower cordial

Jul 3, 2015   //   by . Recipe section Recipes  //  No Comments

If you are going to forage and make one thing this summer, then let this be it! It is sooo easy and soooo delicious, it is well worth it. The flower heads are best picked when some of the buds are still to open, and it must be dry, never pick on a wet day as yeast begins to develop. Also, try not to pick from the roadside due to pollution, fumes etc.
This makes an absolutely delicious cordial and mixer and also is perfect drizzled over some natural yoghurt as a dessert. You can store the cordial in a fridge / cool dark place for a couple of weeks, or freeze asap.

Elderflower cordial

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By Julie Published: July 3, 2015

  • Makes: 2 litres approx
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Ready In: 10 hrs 20 mins

If you are going to forage and make one thing this summer, then let this be it! It is sooo easy and soooo delicious, it is well worth it. The flower heads are best picked when some of the buds are still to open, and it must be dry, never pick on a wet day as yeast begins to develop. Also, try not to pick from the roadside due to pollution, fumes etc. This makes an absolutely delicious cordial and mixer and also is perfect drizzled over some natural yoghurt as a dessert. You can store the cordial in a fridge / cool dark place for a couple of weeks, or freeze asap.

Ingredients

  • 25 Elderflower Heads Shake out, inspect and remove any insects
  • Zest and juice of 3 Lemons Finely grate the zest, and reserve the juice
  • Zest and juice of 1 Orange Finely grate the zest and reserve the juice
  • 2 Heaped tsp Citric Acid
  • 1 Kg Sugar

Instructions

  1. Place the flower heads in a large bowl with the orange and lemon zest. Add 1.5 litres of boiling water, cover and leave to infuse overnight.
  2. Strain the liquid through a piece of muslin and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice, and the citric acid. Heat through gently until the sugar dissolves, bring to a gentle simmer and cook through for a couple of minutes.
  3. Use a measuring jug to pour the hot syrup into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles with swing-top lids, sterilised screw-tops or corks. Then sit back and enjoy!!!

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