Tuesday, 25 July 2017

How do I use it now that I have made it.

Everyone that I know loves Elderflower Cordial.  It is something that I make year in year out.  However lots of people just drink it when it can be used to flavour other dishes like a fruit salad, used as a sauce on vanilla ice cream, to make a sorbet, make a version of Elderflower Turkish Delight etc. 

A lot of people will not attempt to preserve things because they don't really know how to use the finished product.  Really there are not many wrong ways to use a preserve and sometimes it is a question of experimentation and finding what works for you.  Like Mint sauce or Mint jelly; my OH eats this with absolutely anything.  We are brought up with a rule book of what goes with what but sometimes rules were meant to be broken and its a  matter of finding out what goes with what.

The recipe comes from a series of books by Dick and James Strawbridge entitled "Made at Home Preserves".  I have given the ISBN number previously.

During the autumn months there are usually a lot of pears about and elderflower cordial with poached pears and syllabub makes a lovely light pudding which has hints of summer about it which for me is what a preserve is about because you are saving preserves from different seasons of the year.


Serves 4

For the Poached Pears:

4 Conference or other firm pears
8 fl oz/250ml elderflower cordial
8 fl oz/250ml water
Juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon
4 mint sprigs to decorate

For the Syllabub

8 fl oz/250ml Double Cream
3 tablespoons of elderflower liqueur (you can substitute the cordial if you want to)


Peel the pears leaving their stalks on and position them into a saucepan cover with the cordial.  They should fit quite closely/tightly in the pan.  Cover with the cordial and lemon juice.  Pop on a lid and simmer for approximately 10 to 12 minutes until the pears go soft.  Turning them a couple of times during the cooking so that they are cooked evenly but be careful not to dent or damage them.

When the pears are cooked transfer them to a plate and keep them in a warm place.  Boil the liquor and reduce it to a thin syrup

To make the Syllabub:

Whip the cream into soft peaks and fold in the elderflower liqueur/cordial.  Put into a small bowl and drizzle a little of the pear syrup on the top of the syllabub.

To serve: 

place each pear on a plate glazed with a little of the syrup top with a mint sprig and serve with a spoonful of the syllabub.




  1. That sounds great, I'll try it for a treat night xx

  2. I add it to rhubarb jam, about 1/4 pint to a 1 Kg batch of chopped rhubarb and 1 Kg jam sugar (£1 in poundstretchers) it. adds a lovely flowery flavour and sets very well

    1. Hi Pam, thanks for that, that sounds lovely. We used to have a Poundstretchers in town but they closed down. I used to use them a lot so no jam sugar for me mores the pity. I actually have some new rhubarb and some elderflower cordial. Might actually make some of that this weekend. Hope you are keeping well. I hear you have been teaching BB how to knit socks. Keep safe and take care. Pattypanxx


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