These gorgeous miniature umbrellas are one of the best beginner’s mushrooms, being not only completely unmistakeable and very visible, but tasting superb into the bargain . . .
Sadly these fantastic mushrooms do not dry well – but this is not generally a problem because to my mind they are the best of all mushrooms to fry lightly and serve on toast. It seems a bit of a cheat to give this as a recipe, however, so here is an unusual canapé or starter.
125g Plain flour
3 – 4 Parasol caps
Oil for deep frying
Heat the oil and meanwhile sift the flour into a bowl and slowly add the beer, whisking to make a smooth batter (I use one of those handheld electric blenders). Season with a pinch of salt. Break the parasol caps up into wedges and dip in the batter. When the oil is almost (but not quite) smoking hot, drop in the battered wedges and fry for a minute or two until crisp and brown. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and crunch of black pepper.