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Polish Elderflower Pancakes Recipe – Placki Z Kwiatów Czarnego Bzu

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A plate of fritters garnished with small white flowers is placed on a backdrop of green grass, surrounded by clusters of white elderflower blossoms.

As the days grow longer and the world bursts into bloom, Polish cuisine embraces the season with a delightful treat – Polish elderflower Pancakes. These delicate pancakes are infused with the subtle fragrance of elderflower blossoms, creating a light and refreshing lunch (or dessert!) experience.

Are Elderflowers Edible?

Yes! Elderflowers, the fragrant white blossoms of the elderberry tree, have been used for centuries in Europe for their culinary and medicinal properties.

In Poland, these delicate blooms hold a special place. They are seen as a symbol of renewal and rebirth, perfectly embodying the spirit of spring. Their subtle sweetness and floral aroma complement pancakes perfectly, offering a unique and delightful flavor profile.

The Polish name for elderflower is “czarny bez” which may be translated as the “black lilac”. But wait- why it’s called black if the flowers are white? The answer is simple. After flowering, the elderberry tree produces clusters of small berries that can range in color from deep purple to almost black, but they’re not truly black.

A close-up of a cluster of small white flowers with green leaves, set against a background of foliage and an outdoor structure, reminiscent of the blossoms used in Placki Z Kwiatów Czarnego Bzu.

Cultural Significance of Elderflowers in Poland

Beyond their culinary uses, elderflowers hold a significant place in Polish culture and folklore. Here are some fascinating aspects:

  • Folk Medicine: Traditionally, elderflower tea was believed to have healing properties, used to combat colds, coughs, and even fevers.
  • Symbolism: Elderflowers are often associated with purity, innocence, and new beginnings. They are sometimes woven into wreaths for May Day celebrations or used to decorate homes during spring.
  • Legends and Beliefs: Polish folklore is rich with stories about elderflowers. Some tales associate them with fairies and good luck, while others warn of the dangers of using elderflowers improperly.

How To Make Polish Elderflower Pancakes?

Here’s a video where I am showing how to make Polish elderflower pancakes, step by step.

I am also explaining everything below.

Step 1 – Pick The Flowers

A person in a long-sleeve shirt reaches up to pick white flowers from a lush green shrub, perhaps preparing to make Placki Z Kwiatów Czarnego Bzu.

 

 

Choose elderflowers that don’t grow close to roads. That way, you won’t need to wash them (that will remove the fragrance a bit).

Step 2 – Prepare the Batter

A bowl with white powder, a spoon with white powder, a small dish with white powder, and a blender cup with white powder sit on a wooden surface alongside delicate elderflower blossoms, ready to create an authentic Placki Z Kwiatów Czarnego Bzu recipe.

Making elderflower pancakes is surprisingly simple. You’ll start with a basic pancake batter, using ingredients readily available in most kitchens.

Simply mix 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of milk or plant-based milk, 2 tsps of sugar and ½ tsp of baking powder.

You may add more milk or 2 eggs as an alternative.

Step 3 – Dip Elderflowers In The Batter

A hand dips a sprig of white flowers into a blue and white patterned bowl containing a creamy mixture, preparing the traditional Polish recipe for Elderflower Pancakes. More flowers are scattered around the wooden surface.

 

 

Heat up the oil

Gently dip the elderflowers in the batter. Place them immediately in hot oil.

Step 4 – Fry The Pancakes & Remove The Stems

A person holds scissors over a pan frying four pieces of food in oil. The batter-covered and lightly fried food, topped with green herbs, looks like Placki Z Kwiatów Czarnego Bzu, a traditional recipe featuring elderflower blossoms.

Heat up the oil. Fry the pancakes on one side. Carefully remove the stems with scissors, then turn the pancakes upside down and fry until they change color to golden brown.

Step 5 – Remove Excessive Fat & Eat!

Two pieces of fried food, following the Black Lilac Pancakes recipe, rest on a paper towel-lined plate set on a kitchen counter with a stovetop and backsplash tiles in the background.

After frying, place the pancakes on a plate lined with paper towels to remove the excessive fat. Eat right after frying – Polish elderflower pancakes taste best fresh.

Polish Elderflower Pancakes Recipe – Placki Z Kwiatów Czarnego Bzu

Yield: 10 pancakes

Polish Elderflower Pancake Recipe - Placki Z Kwiatów Czarnego Bzu

A plate of fried elderflowers, reminiscent of the Placki Z Kwiatów Czarnego Bzu, surrounded by fresh elderflower blooms on a grassy surface.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10-15 elder flowers
  • 1 cup (130g) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 - 1 ½ cup of milk or plant-based milk
  • 2 tsps of sugar or xylitol
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • oil to fry

Instructions

  1. Wash and clean the flowers.
  2. Mix the ingredients for the batter.
  3. Heat up the oil.
  4. Gently dip the elderflowers in the batter.
  5. Fry the flowers in oil.
  6. Carefully remove the stems with scissors, 
  7. Turn the pancakes upside down and fry until they change color to golden brown.
  8. After frying, place the pancakes on a plate lined with paper towels to remove the excessive fat.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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