5 July 2014
As children, Miriam and her sister Karen, looked forward with great anticipation at this time of year, to the annual feast in their Mennonite household, of elderberry fritters with maple syrup.
A few years ago Karen suggested we revive the custom and we have been doing it ever since. Normally it is a Canada Day treat for us (1 July) but this year the flowers were not quite ready and we delayed it for a few days.
The first step is to find bushes with large, fully formed flowers which are cut and harvested.
|Karen about to cut the flowers|
Back at home, the stalks are trimmed while a batter is being made in which the flowers will be dipped.
|Karen cutting the stems off|
The flowers are ready for the batter.
And now they are dipped.
And into the deep fryer of hot oil they go.
Once they are ready they are brought to the table to be consumed with a liberal helping of delicious Ontario Maple Syrup.
|Perfect elderberry fritters|
This is not exactly a low calorie dessert but we throw caution to the wind, do it once a year, and keep alive a wonderful tradition of using local produce to furnish delicious food.
You can only imagine just how much Miriam is enjoying her portion!