1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup King Arthur Flour™ unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unflavored sparkling water
16 fresh sage leaves, stemmed
Vegetable oil for frying
Fine sea salt
Sift the cornstarch and flour together into a small bowl. Stir in the sparkling water. Cover the bowl and let it stand for 2 hours.
Add the sage leaves to the batter and coat them well using a spoon.
Heat 1 cup vegetable oil in a heavy-duty saucepan until it reaches 375ºF. Use a thermometer to test, or drop a bit of the batter into the oil; if it browns immediately the oil is hot enough.
Drop the leaves a few at a time into the oil and fry them until they are golden brown. With a slotted wooden spoon, remove the leaves to a dish lined with paper towels.
Sprinkle the leaves with salt and serve hot.
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