As I said before that there are many recipes out on the internet, but this year I would recommend that you look at Karen's inspiring post on Elderflower Cordial, here, which she wrote on May Day. As soon as I read I immediately wanted to make some but sadly there were no elderflowers out then. However, today I have managed to make my first batch of 2012, I hope to make several more in the next month or two and intend to freeze some, so I do not have to resort to bought cordial again.
The latest copy of Waitrose magazine carried a recipe for Elderflower cupcakes which you can find, here, so I bit the bullet, bought some Belvoir's Elderflower Cordial and baked the cupcakes, they were so utterly delicious that I had to give them away or I would have eaten them all.
I was so delighted with their fresh summery taste, that I then added elderflower cordial to the icing for my birthday cake, it was scrumptious.
I hope you can get out and forage some elderflowers, but if not do buy some cordial, it really is the proverbial 'Summer in a Bottle", it is wonderful in drinks, in cakes, and whipped into cream with strawberries.
I think I'm going to try and make some elderflower ice cream as well this summer.
|The first Elderflowers of 2012|
|All the makings of a fabulous cordial|
|Removing the zest of lemons|
|Add to the flowers|
|Squeeze the lemons|
|Add the syrup|
|And steep for 24 hours|
|My pretty little cakes|
|The recipe, with cordial, St Germain liqueur (yum)|
and Elderflower tea from Fortnum and Mason
|Mixing the cakes|
|And into the oven|
|Make the icing|
|The cordial does make it runny|
|I think the cream cheese helps to thicken it|
|Topped with a flower and a sprinkle of primrose glitter|
|And this is the birthday cake|
|Again flowers and glitter|
|And this is my favourite picture!|