I was reading Jen (Blue Kitchen Bakes) 's lovely post about about making Afternoon Tea in France, and she mentioned Lilac Syrup which she had used in her mini madeleines, you can read about it yourself here. This was something new, I had not heard about it before, so of course I had to investigate!
I searched on the internet, where it seems quite popular in Europe and I found several recipes. It seemed to me that making Lilac Syrup would be a similar process to making Elderflower Cordial, which I usually do at this time of year. The lilacs were in the garden, and the elderflowers still nowhere to be seen, so I thought that now was the time to try something new.
I made a sugar syrup using 1&1/2 K fairtrade sugar and 3 L water. I warmed it in a large pan until the sugar dissolved and then I allowed it to cool.
Meanwhile I removed the flower heads from 12 lilac mops, trying to ensure I removed all the green stalks.
Once the sugar syrup was cooler (though not cold) I added the petals, along with a tablespoonful of citric acid, 2&1/2 thinly sliced lemons and a couple of blueberries. (the blueberries were to help the colour of the syrup, not for flavour).
I placed a plate on the petals, to keep them immersed, and then left them infusing for 48 hours.
I drained the syrup through butter muslin, and these delightfully pink bottles are the result.
Next time I would probably use more lilac, the syrup has a very light floral flavour. It is refreshing diluted with sparkling water, and I will use it for baking next week, maybe a lilac drizzle cake, what do you think?
I'm linking this to Galina's blog Chez Maximka, if you click the link here, you'll find her version of Lilac Syrup, which looks and sounds lovely.
|The colour is fabulous|
|Lilacs in the garden|
|A heady scent|
|Simple sugar syrup|
|Next time a few more blueberries to give a more purple,|
less pink colour
|And some more lilac too!|
|Lemons, blueberries, citric acid and lilac|
|Into the sugar syrup and leave to infuse|
|Look how the colour has seeped from the petals!|
|The syrup was stunning; clear and bright|
|Delicious, lightly floral in flavour and delicately scented|