Rachel Lambert: forager, author, guide

Moreish Elderflower Doughnut Recipe

Afternoon tea with foraged Elderflower doughnuts in Cornwall

For me, Summer is about outdoor adventures, picnics, barbecues, fayres, festivals and the beach. Elderflowers are the perfect accompaniment, unless it's a festival or fayre - then it's doughnuts!

Here I share my ultimate elderflower doughnut recipe - they're gorgeous!

Yes, doughnuts are fayre food for me, when I’m tired and hungry from dancing it’s the smell of doughnuts that I sniff the air for. Created following a mini disaster – my Cornish town’s annual fayre and no doughnut van in sight – they are a delightful summery twist on the hot sugary ones I yearned for. Complete with a gorgeous soft, jam centre and sweet elderflower coating. These are melt-in-the-mouth with a double dose of elderflower to keep spirits high. 

For this recipe you'll need to first make elderflower cordial. Here's my simple elderflower coridal recipe, plus tips on where to find elderflowers, when to pick them, and the benefits of elderflowers. You can also find tips on when to avoid elderflowers.

Elderflower, lemon and orange cordial

Elderflower Doughnut Recipe

There's nothing like fresh, homemade doughnuts, and they're easier to make than you think. I suggest filling these with my strawberry and elderflower jam or elderflower and pear jam.

The recipe for Double Elderflower Jam Doughnuts is in my book 'Wild and Sweet' (page 88). Where you will also find a elderflower and greengage jam recipe (page 91) and another 99 wild desserts in this celebrated cookbook.

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