Courgette flower fritters are among the flagship dishes of traditional Provence cuisine. Very popular in Italy and Nice, they can be served as an aperitif, starter or main course. The recipe remains simple and accessible to all. However, picking zucchini flowers and their kind must follow a few rules. We take stock!
Courgette Flower Donut Recipe
The quantities contained in our recipe are on average for 4 or even 6 people.
For the realization of your courgette flower donut, you will need the following ingredients:
- About twenty zucchini flowers
- 225 ml milk
- 2 eggs
- 120 g flour
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or another oil of your convenience) for the donut dough
- Oil for frying
You can add garlic, pepper, basil or any other spice of your choice.
Steps for making the recipe
To make the courgette flower fritters, start by removing the pistil from the flowers. This is the stem that sits in the middle of the flower. Then rinse the flowers to remove all impurities. Place them on a clean cloth or paper towel to dry them.
It is important that the flowers are free of any moisture before frying. This is to prevent hot oil from splashing on your face while frying.
Then you will need to make your donut dough. To do this, separate the egg yolks from the whites. In a bowl, put the flour, egg yolks, milk and oil. Whisk everything together until you obtain a smooth and homogeneous paste. Then add the salt and the other spices you have chosen. Reserve this mixture on the side then firmly whip the egg whites until stiff.
To finish, slowly add the whipped egg whites to the first mixture and let stand for a few minutes. On medium heat, place a pan with the oil to fry the donuts. Once the oil is at the right temperature, take the courgette flowers individually and dip them in the paste.
Let the excess dough flow so that the flower is slightly visible. Then place the flower covered with the paste in the hot oil. Leave to brown for one to two minutes and turn over on the second side. Repeat the operation until all your flowers are completely fried.
Serve the donuts hot. As an aperitif, you can accompany them with a tomato sauce. For a starter, add salad. Finally, for a main course, donuts can serve as a side dish.
When to pick zucchini flowers to make donuts?
To make good courgette flower fritters, you have to wait for the flowering season. It usually takes place during the months of April and May, but can last the entire spring season. To have beautiful zucchini flowers, it is advisable to pick them early in the morning.
At this time of day, the flowers are open and above all fresh. Since this is a fragile flower, it is best to pick it on the same day as the donuts are made. Otherwise, they can be kept in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours maximum.
Which flower for a courgette fritter?
Zucchini flowers are either male or female. For zucchini fritters, both can be used. However, it is the male flowers that must be harvested. Indeed, if the female flowers are picked, there will be no more reproduction.
Also, it is essential during the harvest to leave a few male flowers in the garden. Their pollen can be used to fertilize females. However, it should be noted that male zucchini flowers grow at the end of a stem. Females flower at the end of a growing zucchini.
With all of this information, you have no more excuses for not making excellent courgette flower fritters.