I love jellies and jams. They are wonderful on pancakes and a great addition to over-night oats. Especially jellies are my favourite and when I have home made cordial at home it is only a matter of time until I wander off to the store to get myself some pectin. Pectin is a natural gelling agent found in ripe fruit and mostly made from apples. Making your own jelly is shamefully easy. All you need is cordial or a strongly flavoured fruit juice and pectin. As elderflower is very much in season at the moment I thought I would share my take on elderflower jelly.
Elderflower cordial can be easily bought in the store, but it is just as easily made once you found a spot to pick elderflowers. It is a lot of fun to make your own and you have the choice of using less sugar or adding more lemons and tweaking it to your liking. I have two versions of this cordial, one iselderflower cordial with citric acid and the other is elderflower cordial without citric acid.
- 1 L (4 cups) of elderflower cordial
- 2 sachets of pectin (4 tsp), or any other gelling agent you like to use.
- Dissolve the pectin in the cold elderflower cordial. Turn the heat up to medium and stir. Once the pectin has dissolved turn up the heat to maximum and let the mixture come to a boil. Keep it boiling for about 4 minutes and by boiling I mean let it bubble like crazy. Watch your hands, heated juice or cordial is a lot hotter than water due to the sugar.
- Remove it from the stove top and let it stand for about 2-3 minutes. Pour it while it is still hot into sterilised jars and seal them. Let it set and cool down. Done. It is as easy as that. It's the most delicious jelly you could think of.