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Elderflower Tempura with Elderflower Dipping Sauce

From delicious. magazine, recipe and food styling Linda Tubby.

Serves 6

Takes 10 minutes to make

15 minutes to cook

This unusual elderflower dessert recipe is a sweet twist on the classic Japanese dish. A lovely way to end a dinner party.


About 18 elderflower heads

Sunflower oil for deep-frying

1 large free-range egg

250ml sparkling water

125g cornflour

125g fine rice flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp caster sugar, plus about 3 tbsp for dusting

For the dipping sauce:

150ml elderflower cordial

1 tbsp arrowroot powder 


Remove most of the elderflower stalks and shake all the heads to remove any insects.

To make the dipping sauce, mix the cordial with 150ml cold water in a small saucepan. Mix the arrowroot with 1 tbsp of the elderflower cordial mixture in a bowl to a smooth paste. Return to the pan and heat gently for 5 minutes until it’s just simmering, is clear and has thickened to a coating consistency. Put to one side to cool.

To make the tempura, pour the oil into a large pan and heat to 190°C or until a cube of bread browns in 20 seconds. Mix the egg and the fizzy water in a large bowl. Sift all the dry ingredients with a pinch of salt, add to the liquid all in one go and stir to mix (it doesn’t matter if it’s lumpy).

Dip the flowers into the batter and fry one at a time until crisp but not brown. Drain on the lined tray and dust with the extra sugar. Serve at once with the dipping sauce.

delicious. tips

For best results, make sure you use the batter as soon as you’ve made it.

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