Elderberry Syrup

1 cup of fresh elderberries
3 cups of water
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
1 teaspoon minched, fresh ginger root
1 cup honey

Place elderberries, water, cinnamon stick, cloves, and ginger in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash berries to release juice; strain the mixture through a fine sieve, retaining juice and discarding the pulp. Let juice cool. Stir in honey until thoroughly combined and transfer to a lidded jar. Keeps in refrigerator 2 to 3 months.

Elderberry Jam

16 ounces elderberries
12 oz of sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Yield: About 20-24 ounces of jam

You can make this recipe with fresh or frozen elderberries. If using frozen, let berries thaw.

1. Wash and dry your elderberries and place in pot. Crush with potato masher to release some juice.

2. Stir in sugar and lemon juice and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.

3. After jam is ready*, ladle into sterilized jars and either store in refrigerator or hot water bath jars to make shelf stable.

*To check if jam is ready, put a small amount of jam on a frozen plate and place in fridge for 3 minutes. If the jam forms a skin, it is ready. If not, return to heat for 5-10 minutes.

Elderberry Muffins

Topping Ingredients
1/2 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Flour
1/4 Cup butter room temperature
1 tsp cinnamon

Muffin Ingredients
2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup of Butter
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 cup of Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 cup of elderberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)

Pre-heat oven to 375 F

Topping: Place dry ingredients in small bowl and cut in butter with a fork to a crumble consistency. Set aside.

Muffins: Add butter and sugar to mixer and blend until creamy. Add eggs one at a time then milk and vanilla. Mix muffin dry ingredients in a separate bowl and to wet ingredients (half at a time). Fold in elderberries Spoon muffin mix into lined muffin pan. Fill each 2/3 full and then top with crumble topping. Cook for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  

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