Mar 01 2007

Elderflower Cordial


This year the lemony scent of elderflowers filled the farmyard as never before. Even after I had harvested so many flower heads the bushes looked untouched. I was given this traditional old recipe by a friend who was given it, in turn, by her grandmother years and years ago. My kitchen was filled with bowls covered with clothes for days and days and already I wish I had made more.

Simply soak 60 flower heads, 8 lemons, 8lbs granulated sugar and 6ozs citric acid in 5 pints of water for five days. So simple. Strain through muslin into steralised bottles and store in the fridge or pasturise it if you have the where-with-all to do this. Or it can be frozen in plastic containers.

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