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Celebrating Elderflower season with Belvoir

Celebrating Elderflower season with Belvoir

I’m so excited for the start of June tomorrow. May has been a great month but I can’t wait for more sunshine – mainly so the kids can play out more! Did you know that the beginning of June also marks the traditional start of summer when the Elderflower bursts into flower in our English hedgerows?

Baking Madeleine Hot Air Balloons with Lisa Faulkner

Elderflower sums up Summer perfectly for me. We had an Elderflower tree in the garden of our old house and every year my husband promised to try making our own cordial. We never did get round to it but that’s going to change after today! My son and I were invited to spend the day with Lisa Faulkner and the Belvoir team to create some delicious Summery bakes using Belvoir Elderflower Cordial.

Celebrating Elderflower season with Belvoir

She showed us how to make some really fun Madeleine Hot Air Balloons which my son really enjoyed. We whipped up some Madeleines with a splash of Belvoir Elderflower Cordial and decorated them with coloured icing, sweetened with more  Belvoir Elderflower Cordial. Whilst we didn’t win the prize for the best decorated bakes we did have the most fun. I think my son probably ate more than he decorated too! The recipe can be found on their website, along with a few other delicious recipes using Belvoir Elderflower Cordial, if you fancy having a go.

Celebrating Elderflower season with Belvoir

As well as our own Madeleine tin so we can re-create the recipe at home, we were also gifted a Kilner bottle so we can try making our own Elderflower Cordial. I can’t wait to go foraging for some Elderflower! We learned a little bit about the history of Belvoir Fruit Farms too who have been making the country’s finest elderflower cordials and presses for over 30 years. I was fascinated that the original recipe is still being made, using only natural ingredients with no preservatives or additives.

Take part in the Elderflower Harvest

Apparently the secret is to use flowers which have been picked in the sunshine, heavy with pollen. The picking season is quite short which is why production has become a community affair. As well as their 90 acre organic orchard, people living around Belvoir are encouraged to collect wild elderflower growing around the countryside. There are five Picking Stations for bags of Elderflower heads to be dropped off, a fee is paid per weight, and only the freshest Elderflower heads picked that day are accepted. You can find out more on the Belvoir website.

Somehow we got our Madeleine Hot Air Balloons home as well as a few bottles of Belvoir Elderflower Cordial to enjoy. A big thank you to Belvoir for inviting us to such a fun day out.

11 Comments

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    Rosana @ Hot&CHilli Food and Travel Blog
    May 31, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Today I saw elderflower tree in full bloom! I must get some bottles of Belvoir Elderflower Cordial for the Summer parties. R

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    chichi
    June 1, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I actually didn’t know about Belvoir, been looking for natural and organic brands, they sound perfect!

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    Zena's Suitcase
    June 1, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    I hadn’t realised that harvesting elderflower was so precise. We love belvoir drinks, so it sounds the perfect time to get some of their cordials in

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    Leigh Travers
    June 1, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    I love elderflower (particularly with gin), but I never realised so much work went into the harvesting! I’ve always been curious about Belvoir when I’ve seen it in the supermarket.

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    Tamsin
    June 2, 2017 at 12:30 am

    We live rurally and my MIL makes elderflower cordial. 90 acres, no wonder it’s a community effort to pick!

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    Sarah
    June 2, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Belvoir drinks are amazing, and I particularly love the elderflower cordial! I never even thought about using it in baking!

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    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN
    June 2, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Wow! I wouldn’t have thought to use the Belvoir cordial in baking – but what a great idea! I love popping some of the cordial in prosecco – Elderflower is just so fresh and sweet.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

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    Whatlauraloves
    June 3, 2017 at 4:11 am

    I absolutely LOVE Elderflower. I drink Belvoir all of the time come rain or shine! xxx

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    Amanda
    June 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Absolutely love elderflower! But to be quite honest I didn’t know that it was an actual flower that got harvested 🙊 Great post thanks for sharing!

    Amanda

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    June 4, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I love elderflower cordial it’s great and very versatile. I bet you had a wonderful time. I must try to make Madeleines I haven’t made them before.

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    How to make your own Elderflower cordial - the-gingerbread-house.co.uk
    June 10, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    […] you know that it’s currently Elderflower season? I didn’t until Belvoir invited me to an event over half term and I learned a little more […]

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