Monday, 1 June 2009

Strawberry and Galingale cordial

So, what do you do when you have a spare punnet of strawberries? Make cordial of course!

This cordial is super simple, smells exquisite while cooking and makes a delightful summer drink. The galingale adds just a little edge of spicyness without the bite of ginger:

2 cups water
2 cups caster sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
500g strawberries (washed hulled and halved)
2 pieces of dried galingale

Put the sugar, water, galingale and lemon juice in a saucepan . Cook, while stirring over a low heat, for 2 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Raise the heat and until the mixture thickens just a little (about 5 minutes).
Reduce to medium-low. Add the strawberries. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Strain through a fine sieve (I used a muslin cloth as well to remove the seeds) and pour into a bottle. Keep in the fridge.

To serve.... just add water!


Cynthia said...

Summer in pot!

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