Thursday, 27 June 2013

Elderflower Cordial

One of the many things I love about this time of year is Elderflower, a pretty white star shaped flower that is everywhere and free! You can make all kinds of things with it like this delicious elderflower cordial I made this week and it's a great family activity to go out and collect it. Here's the recipe...

Elderflower Cordial

30- 40 Elderflower heads 
1 kg Sugar
1.5 Litres of boiling water
4 Lemons
2 oz citric acid 
  • Place the sugar into a large saucepan. Pour the boiling water over and stir until all the sugar has dissolved and leave to cool.
  • Grate the rind of the lemons, add to the sugar water.
  • Slice the lemons and add to the water. Add the citric acid and stir, then finally add the flower heads to the water and stir again.
  • Cover with a clean cloth and leave to steep for 48 hours.
  • Strain through clean fine muslin cloth (I didn't have anything like this so i just used a sieve which is ok but you might just get a few bits) into a clean bowl and pour into bottles.

Once I made the cordial, I was then able to use some of that to make Elderflower Cupcakes.

75g butter
150g  caster sugar
1 egg
125ml whole milk
175g self-raising flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
5 tbsp Elderflower Cordial
1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Cream the sugar with the butter using a spoon and beat in the egg.
  •  Next sift the flour and baking powder, and fold the mixture until mixed then add the milk (but don’t over mix). 
  • Add the Elderflower cordial and vanilla. 
  • Divide into bun cases and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 18-20 minutes. 
Enjoy x 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds delicious! I love fizzy elderflower so must try some.


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