Elderflower Fritters

Elderflower fritter is one of the signature dishes of Austrian cuisine. It is an easy to make and definitely special dessert perfect for your spring meals.

Essentially it is a pancake batter made with whipped egg whites, which the flower are dipped into and then deep fried. The result is a lightly brown, golden, and crunchy dessert with the distinct flavor of elder flower.

Picking Elderflowers

Elderflowers are not usually found in any supermarket, you need to pick them in the nature. They are ready to be picked around late May to mid June, depending on the year and your location.

They’re best when the buds are freshly open on a sunny day, well away from heavily trafficked roads to avoid pollution. Remove any insects and rinse them briefly in cold water before using in the recipe.

Make sure to leave enough stem to hang onto when dipping the flowers into the batter.


Some extra tips for Elderflower Fritters

Elderflower fritters serve as a perfect dessert, afternoon snack, or even for breakfast.

If you have some batter left, you can use it to make classic American-style pancakes without baking powder, the whipped whites will do the rising.

Elderflower Fritters

Elderflower Fritters

Balazs Szilagyi
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Austrian, European


  • 12 elder flowers
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp honey 20 g (or use sugar)
  • cup milk 80 ml
  • 1 cup flour 125 g
  • 7 tbsp carbonated water 100 ml
  • 2 pinches salt

For garnishing

  • powdered sugar
  • cinnamon


  • Separate the yolks from the whites. Whisk the whites with a pinch of salt until they form a stiff foam.
    Elderflower Fritters step 1
  • Put the yolks, honey, another pinch of salt, flour, and milk into a separate bowl. Mix well until smooth and then add the carbonated water. Mix again.
    Elderflower Fritters step 2
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture without breaking the foam.
    Elderflower Fritters step 4
  • Heat up 2 inches (5 cm) of oil to 375 F (180 C) to cover the flowers . Dip each flower head into the batter then transfer them immediately into the frying pan.
    Elderflower Fritters step 5
  • Fry for 1-2 minutes until golden brown, then drain on a paper towel. Frying can be a little tricky, gently turn the flowers to make sure they cook all the way through.
    Elderflower Fritters step 6
  • Serve them fresh, preferably dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon.
    Elderflower Fritters
Keyword vegetarian
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