Elderberries are a popular European fruit that are primarily made to make jams, syrups and cordials but can also be found in other recipes.
This recipe makes a delicious cordial which is wonderful diluted and poured over ice. Citric acid powder can be found in health food stores.
To make this amazing elderberry jam you will need jam sugar, sometimes called gelling sugar, which contains pectin as the elderberries do not have enough pectin naturally.
Unlike traditional elderflower cordials this one uses oranges in addition to the lemons making a far sweeter drink.
Elderberries have a delightful flavour all on their own but you can also experiment with adding pears or apples or both to this jam.
This is an amazing dessert that has semolina dumplings placed into a soup like elderberry syrup. It works best with freshly juiced elderberries.
If you have access to an elderberry bush try making this amazing polenta cake when it is flowering. You won't believe the flavour.
This jam recipe takes the exact amount of juice that is extracted from the fruit to calculate the required sugar to create this beautiful jam.
Elderberry cordial is a delicious and refreshing treat and very high in vitamin C. Watch this recipe being made in the Allrecipes Elderberry Cordial video.
This is a wonderful dessert with pears poached in an elderberry based syrup flavoured with wine, cinnamon and lemon.
Elderberries make a delightful, dark coloured liqueur which is good as an aperitif or even drizzled over ice cream or pudding. It is not to strong either.