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Easy Lemon & Elderflower Curd

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Today I am thrilled to share with you my Easy Lemon & Elderflower Curd! I must have been living under a rock all this time as I have seen Elderflowers mentioned over the years on the internet but never thought that they were something that I would have growing close by. It seemed like there was a mystical air about them and that people had a hidden place where they would go to to harvest these flowers. So recently after seeing various images of Elderflowers on Instagram I suddenly realised that I had been walking past an Elderflower tree at the bottom of our road and indeed in the other direction there were a few more of Elderflower trees. However my excitement was quickly quashed when a little research told me to avoid any flowers growing near traffic fumes!

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A bunch of Elderflowers, so fragrant and pretty!

Ever the optimist I was hopeful that as these trees were growing in abundance up and down the road that they must surely be growing in our nearby parkland. So the plan was to go foraging on a sunny day as I’d read that you should pick Elderflowers on a warm, dry day. But as soon as this plan was in place it either rained or I had no-one to come with me, until the other evening when it was warm and sunny and my daughter and I decided to go for a walk. I was beginning to think that I was going to miss the Elderflower season which made me sad after finally discovering these fragrant flowers.

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We made our way around the park on a beautiful evening enjoying the sight of tens of bunnies all scuttling under the hedgerows as we walked round and spied ample blackberry bushes in flower. I was beginning to give up on finding Elderflowers until we reached the other end of he park where we found a couple of trees. The first was only just in flower but all the flowers were well out of reach so venturing on a little further I came across an Elderflower tree growing in a clump of other shrubbery. Armed with a large stick that my daughter had found I managed to hook some of the branches down in order to pick some of the Elderflowers. I’d forgotten to bring a bag so my daughter offered up her thin raincoat and I tied the sleeves to make a make-shift bag (promising to wash it of course and handed over my jacket for her to wear)!

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My research flagged up that Elderflowers are best picked young with some flowers not fully out and when using you want to get rid of the green stems which are bitter in flavour. I had no idea what I was going to use my Elderflowers for but as I didn’t have enough for cordial I had thought of making jam as I’d read that you just swipe the flowers through at the end to give flavour. However I had no suitable fruit in the house the following day but I did have lemons and eggs so that’s how my Easy Lemon & Elderflower Curd came to be after adapting my Granny’s Quick Lemon Curd recipe. To make the recipe as fuss free as possible I steeped the Elderflowers in the sugar, butter and lemon juice at the beginning and then sieved as sieving curd seemed like a sticky unnecessary step!

 

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Easy Lemon & Elderflower Curd is simply divine, a match made in foodie heaven!
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 2 small jars
Ingredients
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 unwaxed lemons, juice and zest
  • 55g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 5 Elderflower heads
  • 2 eggs, beaten
Instructions
  1. Immerse the Elderflower heads in water to remove any dirt or insects and dry in a salad spinner if you have one.
  2. Place the sugar, lemon juice, zest and butter into a pan.
  3. Snip the flowers off the Elderflower stalks into the pan.
  4. Place pan over a very low heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved (do not simmer).
  5. Remove pan from the heat and allow the Elderflowers to steep for 5 minutes.
  6. Sieve the contents of the pan to remove the Elderflowers giving them a squeeze with the back of a spoon.
  7. Place the mixture back in the pan and place over a medium heat then whisk in the beaten egg.
  8. Once curd starts to boil cook for a further minute continuing to whisk (will thicken in this time).
  9. Pour into hot sterilised jars. (Makes 2 x 250 ml jars).

So it just remains for me to say that this Easy Lemon & Elderflower Curd tastes just wonderful, the delicate Elderflower flavour works so well with the lemon, a match made in foodie heaven. For more Elderflower recipe inspiration you might like to try Elderflower & Lime Cake, Elderflower & White Chocolate Cupcakes, Elderflower Cordial or Elderflower & Mint Cocktail.

As this curd is so thrifty and uses foraged seasonal Elderflowers and 2 lemons that were languishing in my fridge I am entering it into:

Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours and this month hosted by Lovely Appetite
Simple and in Season run by Feeding Boys
No Waste Food Challenge run by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary and this month hosed by Utterly Scrummy Food for Families

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  1. Recipes Viva

    I totally adore lemon curd and could have it consistently! It’s such an incredible plan to consolidate the tart citrus organic product with elderflower. Excellent photographs, as well

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much for all your kind words, it is a fab curd-)

  2. Lu Lovely

    I wonder if this would work with xylitol. What do you think?
    Looks so good!

    1. Camilla

      I’m afraid I have no idea but doubt it and would affect the keeping qualities too I would have thought.

  3. Hilary

    Made this yesterday. So easy to make and very delicious. I will certainly be making this again and passing the recipe to friends.
    Thanks

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Hilary, so glad you like the recipe:-)

  4. William Gould

    I do love elderflower cordial, so I can imagine the taste of this already! Fantastic!

  5. Richard Eldred Hawes

    This looks lovely, will need to wait until next year to make it when the elderflower flowers

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Richard, I only discovered that we had elderflowers locally this year:-)

  6. Jacqueline Roberts

    That looks delicious but never been keen in elderflower so would leave it out

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline, yes equally good without:-)

  7. Katie Bryson

    What a fabulous idea Camilla, i’d absolutely love to try and make this. I can just imagine how delicious this is… I do love a curd!!!! Thanks a mill for hooking up with this month’s round of Simple and in Season.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Katie, it is rather special-)

  8. Natasha Mairs

    I love lemon curd but never tried to make my own. Never tried elderflower, so might try this one day

    1. Camilla

      Its so easy Natasha, hope you try it with or without Elderflowers:-)

  9. Rachel

    Elderflower has become such a popular ingredient all of a sudden. I had Lemon and Elderflower cheesecake only a few days ago and it was just delightful and so light x

    1. Camilla

      Ooh that sounds good Rachel:-)

  10. Kavey

    I adore making citrus curds, love the idea of flavouring with elderflower. What a delicious curd you must have, I so want to try it!!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kavey, it’s such a fab combination, I hope you get to try it:-)

  11. Jessica

    Wow, camilla. We have lots of lemon at home and looks like I know now what it should be done with them. Hope it will turn as good as yours. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jessica, I’m sure yours will be perfect too, it’s such an easy recipe:-)

  12. Maya Russell

    I like lemon curd but don’t ever buy it, don’t know why! The elderflower ingredient gives this a tasty twist.

    1. Camilla

      Shop bough Lemon Curd isn’t a patch on homemade, you really should try making it, so easy and so incredibly tasty:-)

  13. Sally - My Custard Pie

    I never thought of combining two of my favourite flavours like this. Inspired Camilla.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sally, I like to do my own thing:-)

  14. Georgina Ingham | Culinary Travels

    Oh my word Camilla, this looks delightful. So vibrant & packed with flavour.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Georgina, it really is special:-)

  15. MakeUp Fun

    OMG I need to try to make this… I love curd and I love lemon! Must taste so good!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks it really is amazing:-)

  16. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

    What a brilliant idea Camilla, elderflower goes so well with lemon. The elderflower season has finished here in France, otherwise I would be making this as I am already a fan of your Granny’s lemon curd. Pinning for next year x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sarah and what a shame, but at least you have it ready for next year:-)

  17. Jessica McDonnell

    This sounds heavenly. I love Elderflower and Lemon and I bet this is lovely and refreshing in the sunshine.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jessica, it really is lush-)

  18. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    Love how the raincoat became a bag in your elderflower adventure. I think we are out of elderflower now, otherwise I would have tried your curd.

    1. Camilla

      Yes thank goodness for her raincoat, have just popped it in the wash! What a shame, there’s always next year:-)

  19. Sarah Bailey

    Ohh I wouldn’t have thought of using elderflower in lemon curd what a lovely idea. x

    1. Camilla

      I am a bit hooked on my preserves LOL:-)

  20. Emma

    Lemon curd is delicious, but adding elderflower is going to make it AMAZING!

    1. Camilla

      You’re not wrong Emma:-)

  21. Choclette

    Ooh what a splendid idea Camilla, I bet your curd is delicious. I still haven’t managed to get any elderflowers this year. Whenever I’ve come across some good ones, it’s just been raining!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Choclette, yes that had been my problem so was resigned to missing the season so very happy that I didn’t in the end:-)

  22. Lucy Parissi

    I recently discovered that i am literally surrounded by elderflowers in bloom – the benefits of constantly taking the dog out on walks. I love the lovely subtle flavour and really sounds fantastic in lemon curd. Definitely one for filling cakes with.

    1. Camilla

      That’s like me Lucy, never knew they were all around me! Yes I have cake on my mind now:-)

  23. Anne

    I adore lemon curd but have never made it – and I’ve never picked elderflowers either! I was given a foraging book a while back and really should get round to opening it!

    I do love how quick and easy your recipe sounds, definitely something I will consider making! Gorgeous piccies too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Anne, yes it was my first time picking Elderflowers too, can’t believe I’ve not thought to look for them before! Next on my hit list is wild garlic which I have never seen!

  24. Heather Haigh

    It looks just wonderful. I really want to dig a spoon in.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather, I’m rationing it like gold dust LOL:-)

  25. Mel

    I absolutely love lemon curd and could have it every day! It’s such a great idea to combine the tart citrus fruit with elderflower. Beautiful photos, too

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Mel:-)

  26. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I tried lemon curd for the first time last weekend and I am hooked. I definitely need to try this version.

    1. Camilla

      Oh wow Dannii! Yes this curd is so quick and simple you must try it-)

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