Courgette flowers with mint & apple salad

Courgette flowers with mint & apple salad

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Serves
4

Edible flowers are a somewhat neglected part of the plant-based diet. With this recipe, you literally can’t go wrong. People will be so impressed.

Ingredients

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For the apple salad:

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3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 crisp apples, cored and thinly sliced

For the flowers:

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150g Smoky chipotle cashew cheese
or 8 tablespoons vegan melty cheese
handful mint leaves, finely chopped, plus extra leaves to garnish
8 courgette flowers
vegetable oil, for deep-frying
maple syrup, for drizzling

For the batter:

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200ml sparkling water, cold
200g tempura flour
or 160g plain flour, sifted with 40 g cornflour
1 teaspoon sea salt

Method

  1. Prepare the apple salad by mixing the vinegar, sugar and salt together in a bowl. Then toss in the apple slices and chill in the fridge for an hour.
  2. Mix the cheese and the mint together, then carefully unfurl the flowers (check for insects) and stuff a walnut-sized ball of stuffing inside each flower. Reshape the flowers to enclose the stuffing securely.
  3. To make the batter, add the sparkling water to the flour and salt. Do not over-stir. Lumps are fine; they add interest.
  4. Pour enough oil into a deep frying pan to deep-fry the courgette flowers. This is best done in a proper deep-fat fryer, or in a saucepan with tongs and kitchen paper to drain them on. Courgette flowers are expensive and delicate, so you don’t want them to move about too much. They must be in oil just deep enough to cover them. Heat the oil to 180°C. Dip the courgette flowers into the thick batter, then carefully add to the hot oil and deep-fry until pale golden.
  5. Remove to a plate and drizzle some maple syrup on top. Serve with a small portion of the apple salad and some mint leaves.
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