Summertime is "Hollertime"*! There is nothing more refreshing than an elderflower-soda after a long hike, nothing better than elderflower doughnuts from grandma, and nothing that goes better with a balmy summer evening than a cool "Hugo" on the terrace. But we probably don't need to explain how to prepare a Hugo here, so here's something you don't get every day, but you can still make it at home without much effort: The Elderflower G&T. With this recipe trio, we'll show you how to conjure up that Summer-"Hollerday"-Feeling in your own home. *Holler is German for elderflower.
The preparation of an elderflower syrup is pure enjoyment! First you stroll through the forest and collect the flowers. For about 5 litres of the sweet syrup you need about 40 flowers, which you soak with 3 litres of water in a 5 litre container. And that's it for now, because the flowers have to 'rest' for 24 hours. The next day, pour the good-smelling water over a sieve or clean cloth into a large pot and add 2 kg of gelling sugar and previously boiled citric acid (50 g). The mixture must then boil for about 5 minutes. Then let it cool down and pour it into any bottle. With this amount of syrup you have made enough to be able to give it away with the label "homemade" and still have enough for yourself.
Grandma's best dessert: Elderflower doughnuts!
Whoever knows this delicacy has the best grandmother in the world! Elderflower doughnuts are very rare, but they are prepared relatively quickly. A simple but extraordinary recipe for the next holiday meeting with your friends, to spread anticipation to the next summer-"hollerday" in the mountains.
Ingredients for 4 portions
- 10-12 pieces elderflowers
- 2 eggs
- 250 grams of flour
- 0,5 l milk
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 litre rape oil
- and as much icing sugar as you want
Everone knows how to make pancakes. And much more know-how is not needed for the elderflower doughnuts. Simply mix the dough (flour, eggs, milk, salt) and heat the oil in a pan. Dip the washed elderflowers into the dough and fry them in the pan. All that's missing is the icing sugar and maybe even a scoop of ice cream and voilà: homemade elderflower doughnuts!
Perfect for vegans!
This dessert is also perfect for vegans! For this, add 300 ml soy, oat or almond milk, 300 grams of spelt flour, a pinch of salt, four tablespoons of agave syrup and a little vanilla to the dough for 4 portions. Two tablespoons of soy flour are added at the end. There are also many vegan alternatives for ice cream. The rest works as in the classic recipe.
Gin meets Holler
For the Holler G&T you don't need more ingredients than for the Hugo: gin, tonic, elderflower syrup, lemons and greens to your liking. Rosemary and basil, for example, are particularly good and make the Holler G&T a cocktail that is perfect for warm summer evenings.