Tangy lemon treats

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I’ve just discovered this amazing range of locally made flavoured syrups and I’m hooked.

The syrups are the brainchild of Sue Graafland who sort of fell into the business after getting rave reviews over her home-made lemonade at the school fair. As a mother of three Sue has always made natural fruit syrups for her children rather than offer them sugar-laden fizzy drinks.

Sue started up Kapiti Kitchen back in 2005 and over the years she has finely tuned her stunning range of 100 percent natural syrups using locally sourced New Zealand ingredients.

The three syrups in the range are:

Lemon, Manuka Honey & Ginger (my personal fav), Elderflower and Rhubarb & Ginger. Here Sue shares some of her favourite recipes using her delicious syrups.





200g butter
200g caster sugar
4 eggs,
175g ground almonds
250g mashed potato
2 tsp baking powder
Zest of 3 lemons

For the drizzle: Kapiti Kitchen Lemon, Manuka Honey & Ginger Syrup.

METHOD: Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C. Butter and line a deep 20cm round cake tin. Cream sugar and butter together, add the eggs gradually and beat after each addition. Fold in almonds, cold mash, lemon zest and baking powder. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Turn onto wire rack after 10mins cooling in tin. Pour 1 – 2 tablespoons of Kapiti Kitchen Manuka Honey and Ginger Syrup.  Best served cold.



ELDERFLOWER SORBET: So easy … so delicious!  Simply mix up Elderflower Syrup to your taste preference before popping in the freezer.  Beat with a fork every hour or so, as it begins to freeze.  Fresh and light – this is the perfect dessert on a hot summers’ evening.



This recipe isn’t one of Sue’s but it’s one of my all-time favourite drinks.

I simply add boiling water to about 30mls of syrup, pop in a cinnamon stick and voila. A beautiful soothing bed-time drink.

Kapiti Kitchen syrups are all natural, with no artificial flavours or colours. The syrups are availalbe at leading speciality stores nationwide and at New World and Pak n Save supermarkets. Or you can buy online at www.kapitikitchen.co.nz

Syrups rrp $6.50 (300 mls), $11.99 (750mls)

Above: Sue Graafland