I was rather disappointed in a punnet of apricots that I bought, they were rather hard and tasteless, so I poached them in a little water and sugar, creating a luscious pan of soft sweet fruit.
I received some Nature’s Path, Gluten Free, Nice and Nobbly Granola. It’s a really tasty cereal to eat for breakfast or to use, as I did, in this dessert. I used the Pumpkin Seeds, almonds, raisins and cinnamon granola and layered up the poached apricots, granola, and Greek Yogurt, finishing with a sprinkle of granola and some Honeysuckle Syrup (see below)
You may remember that I reviewed The Foragers Kitchen by Fiona Bird, back in May. I was enthusiastic about the book at the time and was eagerly anticipating the different seasons. One of the foraged ingredients that really intrigued me was Honeysuckle. I had not idea you could do anything with Honeysuckle although I’ve always love the smell of it and it grows in abundance in the hedges up the lanes to our farm. This year with the warm weather, it has been particularly prolific.
Makes 1 small bottle
What to forage and find:
2 large handfuls of honeysuckle (12-15 blossoms)
Scant 1 1/2 cups (350ml) boiling water (50ml will evaporate or soak into the blossom)
1 cup (200g) superfine (caster) sugar
What to do:
1. Allow the honeysuckle blossom to steep in the water for as long as possible (at least 8 hours)
2. Strain the blossom liquid well, and squeeze the blossom to ensue that you have as much liquid as possible.
3. Put the blossom water into a saucepan, and add the sugar.
4. Dissolve the sugar over low heat, then boil rapidly to reduce and thicken the syrup to about 3/4 cup (175ml)
I’ve been asked what Honeysuckle syrup tastes like, it tastes a little like honey and a bit like the flowers smell, it’s a lovely sweet floral flavour. I did wonder if it was just the sugar, but I also made some Elderflower syrup (more of that in a future post) and it tastes completely different.
Fiona suggests that you drizzle this syrup over ice cream. If you keep one or two small plastic bottles of the in the freezer you can glaze your Christmas ham in wild summer blossom.
The Forager’s Kitchen is published by CICO Books
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Thanks to Fiona Bird and Mark at Cico Books for allowing me to publish this recipe.
I received the Nature’s Path Gluten Free Granola for review, I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.