Tuesday, June 12, 2012

the flavour of June: strawberry jam infused with the scent of fresh elderflowers

Yesterday my friend's mother-in-law, Gundula, treated us with a heavenly tasting strawberry jam which  fused the taste and the scent of June: strawberries and elderflowers. I  have always wanted to combine strawberries and elderflowers for jam- yet at the end of all my trials I hated that the nice little flowers had turned grey and ugly.

The solution is so simple: Gundula used little mull bags (I used a paper tea bag) packed with elderflowers to release their wonderful flavour while cooking within the strawberries and the sugar and to be discarded afterwards.

Find an elderbush in a piece of untouched nature,  pick about 4 blossoms, put them into a little mull bag, mix 1kg strawberries with 500g preserving sugar and 100ml freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Put all ingredients into a saucepan and cook  following the instructions on the preserving sugar. Voilà:  the best flavours of June in a glass!

I also added some photos of Gundula's historical roses, because beside the creative kitchen gardening is another great passion of her!

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