Pontac sauce – WHB #296 (en)

If you ever decide to come to Italy, the Garda Lake, I suggest you come visit
the “Sentiero del Ponale” a road cut in the mountain made by Giacomo Cis (not personally, it was his idea) around 1850. Closed for many years it was opened in 2004 as a trekking and bike path ans since then used very much.
Here you can read more, unfortunately only in Italian, but the old photos are beautiful.
I’ve done it 5 ore 6 times by now and it is incredible every time.
Last time was with my friends Berit, Debbie and Sharron last week.
old road
Abbiamo trovato una giornata fantastica e ci siamo divertite moltissimo.
Ma dopo aver ammirato il panorama in lungo ed in largo,
view of the old Ponale road on the left and the end of the lake frm Pregasina

Pregasina and view of the lake

we had a lot of fun ūüėÄ

berit & brii

during the walk we talked about everything also recipes (of course) and Sharron and Debbie
told me about this sauce…I had to try at once!
I’ve picked a lot of elderberries, so…here we go!

bacche di sambuco - elderberries

Pontac Sauce

Pontac sauce - Salsa Pontac

you need:
1.75kg elderberries
1 large onion, chopped
25g salt
580ml distilled malt vinegar (I used apple vinegar)
1 tbsp pickling spice
( I used: 3 macis, 40 black pepper grains, 12 cloves,4 piment grains 1/2cm grated fresh ginger)
1.25kg sugar

the recipe is from celtnet

When picking elderberries it’s always much easier to pick the entire spray.
When you take them home, wash them well then use a fork to separate the fruit from the spray.
Weight the fruit after separating them.
Combine all the ingredients and the elderberries in a pan and cook over low heat, stirring continually, until the sugar has dissolved.
Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer then cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and the liquid has thickened (at least 20 minutes).
Turn into a fine-meshed nylon sieve and press the pulp through with the back of a spoon.
Return the liquid and puréed pulp to the pan and bring back to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and continue cooking until the liquid reaches a thick pouring consistency (a nice sauce consistency, in other words).
Pour in to warmed bottles and seal with vinegar-proof caps or sterilized corks.
Place in a boiling water bath and process for 20 minutes (this kills off the elderberries’ natural yeasts and prevents the sauce from spoiling.
This makes a great base for gravies and can also be used with fatty meats such as goose, duck and pork.
Store for at least 2 months to mature before using (longer is better, however) and unopened the sauce will last for years.
Copyright © celtnet

Pontac sauce - Salsa Pontac

This recipe is entry to WHB # 296 hosted by
Lynne from Cafe Lynnylu ,

thank’s to  Kalyn di Kalyn’s Kitchen and 

Haalo, Cook (almost) anything at least once who have given my the chance to organize the Italian version of WHB!


2 thoughts on “Pontac sauce – WHB #296 (en)

  1. lynne317

    Looks like loads of fun hiking those beautiful hills and picking elderberries for this delightful sauce!

  2. Claudia

    What a vibrant and piquant sauce! How delightful that you can pick fresh elderberries there. Does the flavor of that berry compare to any other? I’ve never tasted them.


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