Elderflower cordial

June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2016, July 2016

Take a look around at the moment and you will see the creamy flowers of the elder tree in abundance. Elderflowers have a delicate fragrance that goes especially well with gooseberries, but is also lovely by itself or with other fruit. Making elderflower cordial is easy. To make 1 litre you will need about a dozen elderflower heads – make sure they still smell fresh and choose a dry day to gather them. Check them over for insects, then steep them in 800 ml boiling water, with the zest of 3 lemons (or swap a lemon for an orange if you like!). Save the juice from the citrus fruit for the next day. Leave the zest and flower heads to steep overnight. Then strain the liquid and add 500 g sugar and the citrus juice. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes. Pour the hot syrup into sterilised bottles or jars and seal.


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