Elderflower season is upon us, so last week my friend Klazien from Elafi jewelery (check her out, she makes the most beautiful things you ever laid eyes on) and I headed into the woods near Glimmen to gather the fragrant blooms. We didn't have to search long, there was an abundance. We had such a sweet time picking! We gathered buckets full and I was covered in pollen when I got back home.
My sister and I made an elderflower cordial using honey instead of sugar, so here's the recipe for you. If you want to make it yourself, be quick dear reader! Elderflower only blooms end of May until about mid June...
50 elderflower heads (stalks removed)
4 unwaxed lemons, sliced
2 tablespoons citric acid
900 g runny honey
3 l boiling water
Shake the elderflower heads well to get rid of insects and dirt. Place the flowers in a large bowl, adding the lemon slices, citric acid, and the honey. Pour the boiling water into the elderflower bowl and stir well so the honey can dissolve.
Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and let steep for at least 24 hours. Using a muslin cloth and a sieve, strain the cordial and store in airtight bottles in the fridge. It should keep for at least six months when refrigerated.
There's lots of things you can make with the cordial besides a lovely lemonade (add the cordial, sparkling water, ice, lemon slices and cucumber slivers to a pretty jug). I was thinking of making these cute little strawberry elderflower cakes... Or I might toss some frozen raspberries and elderflower cordial in the blender to make a refreshing ice-cream.
Speaking of ice-cream, here are some other things worth sharing:
- When I was little, around four or five years old, I had a favorite ice-cream dress that my mom had made for me. Now look here!!! Almost thirty years later Anthropologie has one. And I love it!! Good thing I'll be in London this weekend, I may even try it on....
- I plead quilty... I have been hooked on Nashville and I'm so glad they're going to make a fifth season! I play the soundtrack on Spotify around the clock...
- Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal made it to the top of my Summer reading list!
- Currently on my bedside table: Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne.
- The Holtbar hosted Amsterdam based singer-songwriter Marle Thomson a few weeks ago. My sweet friend Hanni and I went there to see her perform and it was delightful!
- I ordered a copy of The Forest Feast for Kids, which is coming out in Dutch soon. I'll write something about my adventures in preparing baby food shortly. It's something I've really enjoyed so far (and so has my little baby boy).
I stumbled on this Pablo Neruda quote:
"You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming."
Thank you ever so much for coming back to Judy's Books and Bakery! Hope to see you again soon. I'll be here.