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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Elderflower Time

I think the elderflowers are a little bit later than normal this year, but then what isn't?  This weather we're having is really quite depressing - lots of rain, rain and more rain, and we even had hailstones two days ago.  Just remind me . . . it is almost June isn't it? Anyway, managed to pick enough flowers at the weekend (and in the sun too!) to make my first batch of cordial.  I've included the recipe below in case you're tempted to make it. It's very easy!

First, pick your elderflowers - you need 35 large flower heads, picked in the sun, insects allowed to escape!

Elderflower Cordial

1 kg sugar
1.5 litres boiling water
4 med. lemons, washed
35 large elderflower heads
2 oz citric acid

Place sugar in a large saucepan and pour over boiling water.  Stir until sugar dissolves, then leave to cool.

Grate lemon rind, add to sugar water.  Slice lemons into thick slices and add to water. Add citric acid and stir, then add elderflowers and stir again.

Cover with a clean cloth and steep for 48 hours.  Strain through clean muslin into a clean bowl.  Using a funnel, fill sterilised bottles, seal and store in a cool dark place (not the fridge).

Use diluted (it's quite strong so you don't need a lot), and once opened, store in refrigerator.

Lovely with ice and sparkling water!

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