Elderflower Fritters, Cima di Rape and Nectarines

July 3, 2010


This week I have sprigs of elderflower from Denis Healy’s farm. To use them will require a bit of work – they are served fried in batter as fritters which is probably the last thing you feel like doing in this warm weather but they are just so special (and in season now) that I thought it would be a shame not to do something with them…. As with all batters, lightness is the key. You get this by introducing as much air as possible into the mix – self-raising flour, sparkling water and eggs whites beaten til they form snowy peaks then folded in all do this. This isn’t a dish you can prepare ahead of time so have the batter ingredients ready to go but not mixed as the air starts to leech out almost as soon as the batter is made. Eat your fritters straight up with maybe just a little honey or icing sugar. If you want to feed more try serving them with some summer fruit. I thought that the  nectarines I got this week would be perfect but they aren’t quite ready to eat yet and your elderflowers won’t last past today. Try a perfectly ripe peach sliced with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream instead……..

Elderflower Fritters

You’ll need:

A handful of elderflower sprigs

The batter

100gr self-raising flour

1 tablespoon oil

1 tablespoon grappa (if you have it)

1 egg

1 tiny pinch salt

85 ml Water (approx)

Begin by separating the egg then mix the yolk with the flour, oil, grappa and salt. Add enough water to form a thick but not too liquid batter. You want the consistency of heavy cream. Begin heating a couple of inches of vegetable oil in a pan. Beat the egg white until stiff and fold it into the batter. When the oil is hot enough (test it by dropping a little batter in. If it turns golden over about 20 seconds it’s good to go. Any faster and your fritters will burn, any slower and things will turn mushy). Fry your fritters until golden and eat immediately.

There’s cima di rape in all the Home Organics selections this week and like the elderflowers they were picked on Denis Healy’s farm first thing this morning. Cut off the tough stalks, stir fry with garlic and dress with a little sherry or red wine vinegar for a great side dish or try that salad I made with chorizo and pine nuts I made a few weeks back. Follow this link for the recipe http://wp.me/p7YZu-gF

This week’s nectarines, as I mentioned above, are a little hard but should be amazing. Leave them in your fruit bowl for a few days to fully ripen them then eat as is or barbecued (if the weather holds!!!).As you’ve probably noticed our carrots are the new season baby bunched kind which will need nothing more than a quick steam and a drizzle of your nicest olive oil…

Have a great weekend,


One Response to “Elderflower Fritters, Cima di Rape and Nectarines”

  1. I’m listening to Dean Martin singing That’s Amore, and what I really want now is Elderflower Fritters with plain ice cream doused Lemon and Syrup; must get it sorted before the season for the flowers is over. Thanks for the recipes

    Patrick Cuddihy

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