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Dandelion & Lemon Biscuits

Dandelions are one of the easiest wild flowers to identify, so are a perfect place to start if you want to cook with wild food. Get out and forage some today!

 

Over the last couple of weeks the dandelion's have exploded into flower around where we live - they are everywhere!  The entire plant is edible (remember Dandelion and Burdock Beer?), but I think the most fun can be found in gathering the flowers.  It is one of the few plants that everyone is confident in identifying; kids love picking them, and in my mind it counts as weeding - whats not to like!

There's a whole host of recipes that use the dandelion flower; teas, wines, salads and savouries.  The plant is recognised as being one of our most nutritious weeds; containing anti-oxidant vitamins, minerals, calcium, and protein, and would have been a food staple for our ancestors here in Europe.  Why not try our beautifully simple Dandelion and Lemon biscuits for a sunny introduction to this wonderful weed!

Dandelions are one of the easiest wild flowers to identify, so are a perfect place to start if you want to cook with wild food. Get out and forage some today!

Approx 20 flower heads
125g butter
100g caster sugar
1 egg
Zest of 1 lemon, plus 1 tbsp of its juice
180g plain flour
20g corn flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt

Dandelions are one of the easiest wild flowers to identify, so are a perfect place to start if you want to cook with wild food. Get out and forage some today!

Dandelions are one of the easiest wild flowers to identify, so are a perfect place to start if you want to cook with wild food. Get out and forage some today!

Prepare the flowers. Wash, then remove the yellow petals by pinching firmly and pulling.

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Dandelions are one of the easiest wild flowers to identify, so are a perfect place to start if you want to cook with wild food. Get out and forage some today!

Cream the sugar and butter until fluffy.  Add the Egg and lemon zest.

Dandelions are one of the easiest wild flowers to identify, so are a perfect place to start if you want to cook with wild food. Get out and forage some today!

Dandelions are one of the easiest wild flowers to identify, so are a perfect place to start if you want to cook with wild food. Get out and forage some today!

Sift in the dry ingredients and combine well.  Add in the lemon juice and petals and mix.

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Dollop spoonfuls onto a baking tray and cook for approximately 12 mins at 180C/350F/gas 4 until golden.  Cool on a wire rack and enjoy with a cup of tea!

Dandelions are one of the easiest wild flowers to identify, so are a perfect place to start if you want to cook with wild food. Get out and forage some today!

Try different combinations of flavours with this biscuit.  How about Marigold and Orange, Lavender or Rose Petal! For some other fun wild food recipes to try with children, why not check out our Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather or our Meadowsweet Cordial.

 

Dandelions are one of the easiest wild flowers to identify, so are a perfect place to start if you want to cook with wild food. Get out and forage some today!

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  • Reply #BeInspired with Day Trips Out | Tots 100

    […] half term and comes from 101 Things To Do With Kids, and finally craft  Invaders suggested baking dandelion and lemon biscuits which sound […]

    June 6, 2016 at 9:41 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks for featuring us on the Tots 100 roundup – hope everyone enjoys the recipe :)

      June 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm
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