7 November 2005

Lemon Cordial

For Robyn who requested the recipe.

(Is this turning into a food blog?)

Lemon Cordial

(makes 1.5 litres)

2 kg caster sugar
1 litre water
30 g citric acid
30 g tartaric acid
juice of 6 lemons, strained
finely grated zest of 2 lemons

Dissolve sugar in water over heat in a stockpot. It's best to close your eyes so you don't see just how much sugar two kilograms actually is. Open eyes again once sugar has disappeared, and continue. Add citric and tartaric acids and stir well to ensure all is completely dissolved. Cool. Stir in zest and juice, and bottle. Dilute to taste with water, lemonade, soda water or mineral water.

Apparently it gains 'added sophistication with the addition of bruised mint leaves or a measure of gin and soda.' Keeps well. Although not with three children in the house.

Recipe from Stephanie Alexander's Cook's Companion.


blackbird said...

all right.
let's de-aussi-fy this a bit, yes?
castor sugar is the white one right?
tartaric acid, cream of tartar?

eesh, now I must go do the math...

Miss Eagle said...

This sounds so familiar. My hand-written recipe book has a recipe like this. If it is the one that my mother used to make, we used to call it Lemon Syrup because it was really a syrup-y texture. I never made it very much - because of the zillions of calories/kilojoules. Always got Diet Cordial from the shop. You had a marvellous time with those lemons!

Blessings and bliss

telfair said...

That Stephanie Alexander cookbook is a treasure trove...

ms*robyn said...

thanks suse!! now I will make that using all my lemons - sounds like we all had a bumper crop this year!!
that book is going on my christmas list this very minute !!