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I intentionally do not add the zest like I would in regular lemon curd in order not to overpower the subtle elderflower taste. It is important to remove as much of the green stems of the elderflowers, as they are not edible, and if foraging them, make sure that it's the flowers of black and not red elderflowers, and that they have not been sprayed with any chemicals. nThe curd is delicious on its own, or as a mini tart filling.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
1 hr
1 hr 25 mins
15 mins
3 cups


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Gently shake elderflower umbels to remove any insects. Remove as much of the green stems as possible. The best way to do this is to strip them off the stems with your fingers into a bowl.n

  • Combine sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved in the warm liquid. Add elderflowers, turn off the heat, and let steep for 1 to 2 hours.n

  • Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a double boiler or a metal bowl placed over a saucepan with simmering water. Squeeze the elderflowers to extract as much of the liquid as possible.n

  • Add eggs to the double boiler and cook over simmering water, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until mixture coats the back of the spoon, about 10 minutes. Make sure to scrape over the bottom and the sides of the double boiler.n

  • Once mixture is thick, remove from the heat. If it seems a bit lumpy, strain it through a fine sieve again. Add butter and stir until fully dissolved. Pour into a jar with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate or freeze.n

Nutrition Facts

476 calories; protein 6.6g; carbohydrates 53g; fat 28g; cholesterol 247mg; sodium 73.4mg. Full Nutrition