How pretty is your food these days? ‘Tis the season for zero excuse for not eating gorgeous—blooms are everywhere!
If you want to add beautiful colour and magical flavours to your dishes, flowers are SO MUCH FUN!
One of the most heady floral fragrances that translates deliciously into the edible, is elderflower.
The flower grows in creamy white sprays along hedgerows, on shrubs or small trees. If you’re collecting, make sure you let the sprays rest in cool water to allow any resident creatures to escape. (You’ll find that the flowers will also naturally detach from the stems after resting in the water—the stems are toxic, so discard those.)
If you’ve missed the elderflower season, or don’t have any growing close by, the cheat works just as deliciously for plenty elderflower recipes…for these zesty summer treats, I use the shortcut liberally! Simply grab a bottle of elderflower cordial, a hunk of fresh mint from the garden, and prepare for bloomin’ BLISS.
For this popsicle recipe, I used 4 mini ice pop moulds—you just need to apply the following ratio for whatever mould/number of popsicles you’re making: 1 part cordial to 3/4 part water. Then add the ginger to taste.Print
Easy and refreshing summer treats using beautiful flowers from the garden!
- 3/4 cup water, boiling
- 1 cup elderflower cordial
- 1tsp ground ginger
- Juice of one lime
- Small handful fresh mint leaves
- Elderflowers, for decoration*
- Prepare your moulds with popsicle sticks, if necessary.
- Immediately after boiling your water, pour into a large glass jug. Add in remainder of ingredients and stir vigorously, continuously stirring for 2-3 minutes.
- Taste and adjust sweetness with more cordial, if needed. Add more ginger, if preferred. (Remember that frozen foods need more flavour as the tastebuds are mildly numbed when eating!)
- Remove mint leaves, stir through a few elderflowers, and then pour liquid into popsicle moulds. Freeze for a few hours until completely solid. Pop out and enjoy!
*Let your collected sprays of elderflowers rest in cool water to allow any insects to escape. After 30 minutes or so, the flowers will also naturally detach from the stems after resting in the water—the stems are toxic, so discard those! (You could also carefully snip the flowers off the stems, but I find this method less fiddly.)