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Elderflower recipes
Fri 12-Jul-13
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mauramac
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It might be a bit late for this year but if there are still some elderflower heads left to pick I was thinking of trying my hand at elderflower jelly/preserve.

Has anyone made it and is it worth the effort or is it better mixed with another fruit?

I drank some elderflower cordial on holiday for the first time a week ago and loved it so thought about trying to make something with it myself. The local country park has acres of mixed hedges and bushes and I know there is a plentiful supply of elderflower heads if I havent missed the boat.

Any recipes or ideas please?

Thanks, Maura

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Fri 12-Jul-13
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Hi Maura  wave

I suspect the elderflowers are well & truly over after this recent very hot weather, they are turning into berries in my area......better luck next year.

There are lots of recipes/or links to on this forum......look under 'Drinks'in the topic list. Our Fiona has written about the method of making both the cordial & the 'champagne'.

The berries make into a great anti-colds/coughs/flu cordial so all is not lost but you have to be quick once the berries ripen as the birds love them.

 

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Fri 12-Jul-13
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Ah - just as I thought. I can see a few heads on a bush in next doors garden but guessed the best of them would have gone.

Thanks I will check out the drinks but would also like to try a jelly. I'm assuming you would need to add another fruit to the elderflowers though to bulk it up, maybe apple.

Just made first lot of this years cherry jam and added grated apple and touch of brandy and it is lovely. Has a good set and lovely rich flavour. I'm glad I tried the apple with it as was concerned it might spoil the cherry flavour but if anything I like it better.

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Fri 12-Jul-13
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I agree with Hattie, Maura - the best ones are beautifully white, and as you are living in Kent, then yours are most likely over their best.

I picked some in France a whole month ago, and even some of those had started to go over.

Adding another fruit - yes apple, or lemons, but I saw a jam recipe adding strawberries! (Strawberries won't help a set though !) doh

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Fri 12-Jul-13
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This is out of my complete book of preserves and pickles

Gooseberry and Elderflower Jam

1.3kg gooseberries topped and tailed

300ml water

1.3kg warmed granulated sugar

juice of 1 lemon

2 handfuls of elderflowers removed from their stalks

1/ put the gooseberries in a large preserving pan, add water and bring to the boil.

2/ cover pan with a lid and simmer gently for 20 mins until fruit is soft. Using a potato masher, gently mash the fruit to crush it lightly.

3/ add the sugar , lemon juice and elderflowers to the pan and stir over a low heat  until sugar has dissolved. Boil for 10 mins or to setting point. Remove from heat skim off any scum, and cool for 5 mins, then stir pot and seal.

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Fri 12-Jul-13
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Thanks Eileen I appreciate the recipe - just trying to work out how you get gooseberries and elderflowers at same time of year, unless you use frozen goosegogs I suppose.

My gooseberries are still rock hard and definitely wouldn't have been ready when elderflowers were in full bloom.

Ready for next year tho....I'll freeze them and pounce on the elderflowers before they go over smug

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Mon 15-Jul-13
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Made my elder flower cordial well over a month ago. I have seen a few heads about but it is mostly done for now.

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