The elderberries have come into bloom on the farm, time to dry flowers, make some elderflower drinks.
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For a extra special treat, on the farm at least the elderflowers tend to time in perfectly with the gooseberries.. Do give this recipes a try, its wonderful..
Time Tip: The recipes often call for tipped and tailed and if you have the time to do so, then please feel free to do this, I don’t, I cook my gooseberries, giving them a mash or two as cooking as they soften and break open and then I put them though my ricer or food press, this gives my most of the flesh to go with the juice but leaves the tips and tails behind, its saves alot of time, and I don’t find it effect flavor or taste, it does effect the look, if you want it to look like berries, you will have to take the long way, if you just want the color, flavor, this is the way to go for speed.
This filling is awesome as is, just thicken with corn starch and use as in as many ways as you want, but do try this pie recipe thickened with Tapioca at least once.
Gooseberry Elder Flower Pie
3 c Fresh gooseberries filling
1/2 To 1 cup fresh elder flowers
1 1/4 c Sugar
2 tbsp Tapioca
2 tb Lemon Juice
Pastry for 9″ double crust
Line a 9″ pie tin with pastry and put your fresh elderflowers in, don’t worry if they go a little light brown from bruising when you remove them from the stems, fill with gooseberry mixture. Cover with a round of pastry or with latticed strips of pastry. Bake in 350 F until golden brown and you can see the filling is boiling hot.
Serve Cold with a dollop of whip cream or clotted cream or scoop of icecream if you wish.
Speaking of Gooseberries?
Frugal tip for you, apples are not ready to be used for homemade pectin in the spring, as I am sure you know, they are a late fall fruit, but the gooseberry and the red and black currents are ready at the same time as some of your other fresh spring fruits. Gooseberry is very high in pectin and works wonderfully if you want to use it for homemade in your spring fruits.
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