Recipes tagged with: lemon

    Elderflower Cordial

    Elderflower Cordial

    A delicious fragrant cordial, capturing the taste of summer. You must pick the elderflowers on a dry, warm and sunny day, when the flower heads are fully open.  They must be perfect, with no trace of brown blossoms. Do not wash them so make sure that you pick them from an area where they are unikely to have been contaminated by wildlife or passing vehicles.

    The cordial will keep for several weeks in a cool pantry, several months in the fridge or alternatively freeze in plastic containers and it will keep for a year.

    Citric acid is available from chemists and DIY wine making suppliers.

     

    • Time: Preparation time 30 minutes. Steeping time 24hrs.
    • Complexity: easy

    Four Fruit Marmalade

    Four Fruit Marmalade

    Here is a brilliant recipe, particularly if you are short of time for chopping the fruit first - you make it over two short sessions and leave overnight. Makes approx 3kg/6lb.                                                

    Tips and Facts.
    Always scrub the fruit first to remove wax coating.
    Pips hold the pectin for setting the marmalade, so keep as many as possible.                  
    You can freeze the cooked fruit and pips to use at a later stage. 
    Seville orange pith becomes translucent when cooked, sweet oranges remain opaque.
    Peel should disintegrate when cooked, so squeeze it hard to test it.
    For Old English Marmalade replace half the white sugar with brown.                                 
    Cool the cooked marmalade for 5-10 mins before potting which will help keep the fruit distributed rather than sink to the bottom.

    • Time: Two sessions of one hour
    • Complexity: medium

    Lemon Curd

    Lemon Curd

    Long, slow cooking is the secret for a good lemon curd. Use a double boiler or a heatproof bowl over a pan of hot water. Take your time! This recipe makes about 800g which should just about fill two standard size jam jars.
    Make sure that used jars are spotlessly clean and sterilise by warming in the oven.
    The curd should keep in a cool place in perfect condition for about three months.

    • Time: 30 minutes
    • Complexity: medium

    Lemon, Cinnamon and Sugar Beet Tart

    Lemon, Cinnamon and Sugar Beet Tart

    Well, this is not your everyday pudding! An experiment to see how versatile sugar beet is and if it is possible to make sugar. Sugar beet has a bitter aftertaste which is removed during commercial manufacturing. Hydrated lime is also used in the refining process. The lemon and cinnamon in this recipe completley masks any bitterness. Try using stem ginger instead. This recipe uses basic cookery techniques so is actually easy, although a little long winded. Worth a try though if you can get your hands on some sugar beet!

    • Time: 2 hours to make the sugar pulp and syrup. 30 minutes to prepare the tart
    • Complexity: easy

    Vanilla and Orange Mascarpone Cheesecake

    Vanilla and Orange Mascarpone Cheesecake

    A very easy cheesecake recipe. Try adding lime or lemon to the mixture instead of orange. Top with any fruit of your choice or eat it as it is.

    • Time: 30 minutes plus chilling time
    • Complexity: easy