Elderflower Cordial

This recipe is from Paula Mc Intyre, who demonstrated how to create a variety of unusual dishes from common home grown produce and plants at the Garden Gourmet Pavilion at Northern Ireland’s premier gardening event, Garden Show Ireland.

Paula said “It is fantastic to be be involved in this event and promote an area that is so close to my heart. We are surrounded by stunning produce in this country and it is important that we all understand the potential that sits in our own back yards!”

Difficulty easy
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Main Ingredients
  • 10 elderflower heads, trimmed from the stalks
  • 1.25kg granualated sugar
  • 2 lemons
  • 75g citric acid – get from Asian supermarkets or chemists

Main Instructions
  1. Place the sugar in a saucepan with 750ml water.
  2. Simmer gently until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Zest the lemons and slice the remaining lemon.
  4. Add to the sugar mixture, bring to the boil and turn off.
  5. Wash the elderflowers and add to the pan with the citric acid.
  6. Cover and leave for 24 hours.
  7. Strain through muslin and pour into bottles
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