Traditional Danish Elderflower Recipes

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Traditional Danish Elderflower Recipes

Elderflowers are an edible flower variety prized for their culinary applications in Europe. Marx Foods customer Mimi Lytje was kind enough to share traditional Danish recipes for elderflower fritters and elderflower cordial so you can enjoy them too! If you’re looking for an easier way to try elderflowers at home, we also offer excellent elderflower syrup.

1

Beignet Dough

  • 1 portion of Beignet Dough
  • 8-12 Elderflower Heads
  • 3 cups of Oil for deep frying (peanut oil or grapeseed oil)
  • Powder Sugar to sift on top
  • Fresh Lemon Pieces
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1/3 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoon Sugar
  • Freshly grated Lemon Peel
  • 2 Egg Whites

Sift flour and mix with butter, oil, beer, buttermilk, egg yolks, salt, sugar and lemon peel. Mix until dough is smooth. Then let the dough rest in a cool place for an hour or two. Beat egg whites until they are firm and mix with dough just before use.

2

Elderflowers in Beignet Dough

  • 1 portion of Beignet Dough
  • 8-12 Elderflower Heads
  • 3 cups of Oil for deep frying (peanut oil or grapeseed oil)
  • Powder Sugar to sift on top
  • Fresh Lemon Pieces

Prepare dough. Heat oil to 350 F in a saucepan. Dip elderflower heads in dough one at a time and add to oil. Cook until they are golden. You may need to fry in more batches. Let the flower heads rest on paper towels to soak excessive grease. Serve warm with powdered sugar sifted over and fresh lemon pieces.

3

Elderflower Cordial

  • 40 Elderflower Heads
  • 4 Lemons
  • 6 cups of Sugar
  • 6 cups of Boiling Water
  • 1 ½ oz of Citric Acid

Cut flowers off flower heads. Add then flowers to a big saucepan or metal container. Wash the lemons and cut in very thin slices. Add the lemon slices to the container. Then add sugar and citric acid on top and pour over nearly boiling water. Cover the container with a clean kitchen towel or lid and put in a cool place for 3-4 days. Stir once in a while to ensure sugar is mixed with the liquid. Add a piece of cheese cloth to a sieve and pour liquid through. Then add to thoroughly cleaned and sterilized bottles and keep refrigerated. The finished elderflower cordial is served mixed 1 to 6 with sparkling water. The cordial can also be frozen.