Wednesday, 4 August 2010

hedgerow harvest...


A few weeks ago we picked elderflower heads to make our annual brew of elderflower champagne using this recipe...

recipe : : makes 24 bottles

Ingredients...
About 24-30 elderflower heads, in full bloom
2kg sugar
4 litres hot water
Juice and zest of four lemons
1-2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
A pinch of dried yeast (you may not need this)

Method: How to make elderflower champagne...
1. Put the hot water and sugar into a large container (a spotlessly clean bucket is good) and stir until the sugar dissolves, then top up with cold water to 6 litres.
2. Add the lemon juice and zest, the vinegar and the flower heads and stir gently.
3. Cover with clean muslin and leave to ferment in a cool, airy place for a couple of days. Take a look at the brew at this point, and if it’s not becoming a little foamy and obviously beginning to ferment, add a pinch of yeast.
4. Leave the mixture to ferment, again covered with muslin, for a further four days. Strain the liquid through a sieve lined with muslin and decant into sterilised glass bottles.
5. Seal and leave to ferment in the bottles for a further eight days before serving, chilled.

5 comments:

  1. ooo that sounds delicious, and so simple!

    Rather than, as you suggest, putting my feet up and reading your blog with a cup of tea and slice of cake .. well.... I really fancy some bubbles now, that would feel very deccadent!!

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  2. ~one can only imagine such a treat...elderflower champagne...thank you so for sharing this recipe...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

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  3. That sounds so good! I might have to find me some elderflowers and try this myself. :)

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  4. amo la foto! es simple e increible! :)

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  5. Amo la foto! es simple e increible! :)

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