getting back to normal

Life is getting back to normal after the excitement of the last few weeks. We’ve been living on leftovers since Saturday and while it’s been great not having to plan supper every day, the joy of eating wedding food has begun to pall a little. Last night we reached the end and everything is now eaten, fed to the dog or frozen except for a barrel of beer that Bill is manfully trying to drink his way through. I’ve been helping him by feeding beer to my sourdough starter that was shoved to the back of the fridge, unloved and neglected for so long that it almost lost the will to live. It’s proving hard to resuscitate but his morning it raised a feeble bubble so there’s hope of revival.


Yesterday, I realised that the elderflowers will have finished flowering before I’ve had a chance to use them. By now I usually have bottles of elderflower cordial and syrup in the pantry but this year I’ve done little more than make Elderflower Fizz that’s quietly maturing in the cool of the cellar. Every year my recipe for Elderflower Cordial changes slightly, but this recipe for Elderflower Fizz is the only one I ever use. Sometimes the original is best. Yesterday evening I scouted the hedges for a few elderflowers and pottered about the kitchen making Elderflower Milk Jelly.

Life is getting back to normal when I start making jelly. Not normal for everyone obviously. But normal for me.

elderflowers for milk jelly

Elderflower Milk Jelly

400ml whole milk
4 heads of fresh, creamy coloured elder flowers pulled from the stalks
Finely grated zest of a lemon
2  tablespoons granulated sugar (add more if you have a sweet tooth)
4 leaves gelatine*

Put the elderflowers into the milk and bring almost to the  boil. Stir in the lemon zest and sugar and leave to cool.

Chop the gelatine leaves into 100ml of cold water and leave 5 minutes to soften. Then microwave for 40 seconds which should completely dissolve the gelatine.

Strain the milk into a jug and then whisk the melted gelatine into the elderflower infused milk. Pour into a mould and leave in the fridge overnight to set.

Unmould and eat with freshly picked strawberries.


*Gelatine strengths vary. My packet states that 15 leaves set 1.25 litres but 4 leaves sets this milk jelly.

19 thoughts on “getting back to normal

  1. Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse says:

    Ooh yummy! I love milk jellies and came upon a recipe for one the other day – going to try yours. There’s something therapeutic about making a jelly I think. Don’t know why. Might just have to have a go at the elderflower fizz too – you make all these things sound so possible! Sorry to hear about the near demise of your sourdough starter. Hope he can be resurrected. Thank you for the tip about the oak leaves by the way re my flower-arranging enterprise – I shall bear it in mind! E x


  2. thegardendeli says:

    Hmm, not sure about the milk jelly… not liking either milk or jelly on their own, I’m not convinced the combination would be any better. Your elderflower fizz, on the other hand, is definitely something to try. We’re moving house in a couple of weeks (if all goes to plan), and a bottle of something fizzy and homemade will be a perfect way to celebrate getting into our new home.


    • Anne @ Life in Mud Spattered Boots says:

      Don’t think there’s much hope for you on the milk jelly front. The elderflower fizz takes a few weeks to start fizzing and although my original recipe recommended drinking it within a few months, I found some that was nearly a year old and it was delicious still.


  3. alderandash says:

    Oooh I haven’t had milk jelly since I was young – in fact I’d forgotten all about it! Both my Mum and my kids love elderflowers – and jelly. I feel a multi-generational milk-jelly fest coming on!


  4. dianeskitchentable says:

    Those are such beautiful, delicate flowers and you always have such interesting ideas of what to make with things. I love the sound of this although I doubt that it’s anything we’ve got over here. Glad to hear that things are settling down for you.


  5. andreamynard says:

    Late too in using those elderflowers, just made my first batch of cordial and planning a gooseberry version if I get chance. Elderflower milk jelly sounds wonderfully English, summery & comforting – love the idea of it with strawberries or raspberries from the garden.


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