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Passionfruit Cordial

 

Passionfruit cordial

Passionfruit vines are very productive for the first few years of their life.

My daughter recently harvested several large bagsfull from a rampant young vine that had grown to totally engulf her side fence after just 18 months in the garden.

I stashed several ice cubes trays filled with pulp in the freezer and made a batch of curd but that hardly put a dent in the passionfruit horde. Some alternate method of preservation was needed to extend the life of the delicious passionfruits before they shrivelled up in the fruit bowl. Cordial seemed like the next best option. I turned to Donna Hay for guidance.

I strained the passionfruit juice but then decided to return a couple of spoonfuls of seeds to the syrup so it looked unmistakedly like passionfruit. It was a silly decision, the seeds formed a plug in the neck of the bottle so after I’d taken my photos I strained out the seeds. It was much better.

Mixed with icy cold soda water, passionfruit cordial makes a sweet, refreshing drink.

The young kids love it!

Passiofruit Cordial adapted from Donna Hay

1 1/4 cups strained passionfruit juice (12-14 large passionfruits)

5 cups castor sugar

2 1/2 cups water

1 heaped tablespoon citric acid

Sterilize 2 empty wine bottles and lids.*

Mix together the water and sugar in a large saucepan. Stir the syrup over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.

Stir in th passionfruit juice and citric acid.

Decant into the sterilized bottles, seal, then store in the fridge.

Makes 1.25 litres of cordial concentrate.

*Soak off the old labels. Wash the bottles and lids in warm soapy water, rinse the insides thouroughly. Put the jars only on a tray in a preheated 120C oven for 30 minutes.

Because of the plastic inner coatings on the metal lids, boil them in small saucepan of water for 5 minutes before sealing the bottles.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

16 comments on “Passionfruit Cordial

  1. Moya
    August 5, 2015

    So wonderful that you have fresh passions fruit, they are so expensive to buy in our supermarkets. Sounds refreshing 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 5, 2015

      Thanks Moya. It seems passionfruit are on the expensive list everywhere, lucky us.

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  2. chef mimi
    August 2, 2015

    Fabulous! And can I say that I just love seeing your smiling face with your red specs in your little photo. I’m so glad you came around. It always gives me a smile. I should repost that post I did on people being a little more forthcoming and their gender, where they live, and so forth. I really like knowing, and there are still bloggers who I don’t know if they’re boy or girl!

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 2, 2015

      You alone are responsible for the world seeing my face, but I really appreciated the nudge you gave me. You should re publish Mimi.

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  3. Beck @ Goldenpudding
    August 1, 2015

    Love the idea of too many passion fruit! Another Canberran paying $1 ea here 😦
    My mum has made a similar cordial to this though as she has heaps, and it’s delicious 🙂
    I only just read your ‘about’ section Sandra, and realised the basis for my blog is very similar to yours, though in my case I’m the one doing the writing in consultation with mum – lovely to hear you ended up producing a book for the family 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 1, 2015

      Hi Beck, i hope you enjoy consulting with your Mum as you blog as much as Leah and I did. We still talk food frequently although we now maintain separate websites. Creating a book of recipes from 3 generations of our family was quite gratifying. We had some hilarious moments making stuff from the 60s and then updating the ingredients so they fitted into our healthy additive free diet. We included both versions in the book!

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  4. Gather and Graze
    July 31, 2015

    I adore passionfruit, but find them so expensive to buy here in Canberra, that I rarely get to eat them. Can imagine how delicious this cordial would be!

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 31, 2015

      Passionfruits do quite well in Melbourne as a summer/autumn crop, but they fruit in winter up north, probably why they’ve been quite cheap here recently, 10 for $5. I’m surprised that Canberra has missed out!

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  5. MamaD1xx4xy
    July 31, 2015

    Looks like something right up my alley! Wishing I had passion fruit right now.

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  6. cheergerm
    July 30, 2015

    Lovely to have a surplus of such passionate fruit. The seeds look great but can see they would be a pain.

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  7. marymtf
    July 30, 2015

    Brrrring on summer.

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  8. Debi @ My Kitchen Witch
    July 30, 2015

    Excellent cordial. I wonder if fresh lemon juice could be substituted for the citric acid… Hope to plant a passion fruit vine and good to know they produce prolifically on young plants. Have you tried passionfruit sorbet?

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 30, 2015

      No, too darned cold here for sorbet!! i like quite a sharp bite to sweet drinks and these were super sweet passionfruits hence the citric acid. Lemon juice would help but depending on the passionfruits, you don’t want to drown out their glorious flavour. I hope your passionfruit plans bear fruit😉

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