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Recipe: fried elderberry blossoms are a rare Czech summer treat

Have you tried this outdoorsy Czech delicacy served sweet with powdered sugar or savory with dip?
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Elderflower lemonade is a popular thirst quencher in the Czech Republic with every villager worth his or her salt owning a secret recipe for the sweet cordial that infuses this addictive beverage.

But for a lesser-known delicacy that will pique your interest if not your palate, collect a basket of these pretty white buds and give this old-timey Czech dish a try. (See the original Czech recipe from Lidovky.cz here)

Fried elderberry blossoms

Ingredients

4 large cuttings of elderberry blossom
2 eggs
Pinch baking powder
2 tbsp milk
3 tbsp flour
Oil, for frying
Powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar, for dusting

Instructions

Combine eggs, milk, flour, and baking powder. Beat the batter as you would for crepes. Clean flowers and then soak in the finished mixture, holding them by the stem to coat.

In a pan, heat a large quantity of oil and fry the flowers about three minutes until golden brown. Place them on paper towels to remove excess oil.

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Serve dusted with powdered sugar or sugar and cinnamon. For a savory alternative, sprinkle fried flowers with Parmesan cheese and serve with garlic dip.

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