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Elderflower, lemon & vanilla cordial

Elderflower, lemon & vanilla cordial

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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    • Cook:
    • Plus steeping
  • Easy
  • Makes 1 litre

A refreshing floral concentrate to dilute with water as a drink or use in creamy light desserts like fools and syllabubs

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving (100ml of diluted cordial)
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal67
fat0g
saturates0g
carbs17g
sugars17g
fibre0g
protein0g
low insalt0g
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Ingredients

  • 1kg caster sugar
  • 2 unwaxed organic lemons , halved, plus a strip of peel
  • 1 vanilla pod , seeds reserved
  • 1 tbsp citric acid powder or vitamin C powder
  • about 40 fresh elderflowers , shaken free of bugs, lightly rinsed

Method

  • STEP 1

    Fill a large pan with 2 litres water. Add the sugar, lemons, vanilla pod and powder, and bring slowly to the boil. Boil rapidly until the mixture has reduced by half, then remove from the heat.

  • STEP 2

    Add the elderflowers to the pan and stir gently. Leave to cool completely, then pass through a sieve lined with muslin into another clean pan. Whisk in the vanilla seeds and store the cordial in sterilised bottles with a strip of peel and the vanilla pod added (see tips below). To make a refreshing drink, use 1 part cordial to 5 parts iced water.

RECIPE TIPS
CITRIC ACID/ VITAMIN C POWDER

These can be bought from chemists and health food shops.

STORAGE

You can keep the cordial in sterilised bottles in a cool, dark place for two months or in the fridge for six months. If you want to keep it longer, it can be frozen.

STERILISING

To sterilise the bottles, wash them in hot soapy water, rinse, then place on a baking sheet in a low oven to dry completely.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2012

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