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Dandelion & Lemon Biscuits

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 - what's not to like!

 

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 and try our wonderful Dandelion and Lemon Biscuit recipe.

 

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 and try our wonderful Dandelion and Lemon Biscuit recipe.

You will need...

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 and try our wonderful Dandelion and Lemon Biscuit recipe.

Prepare the flowers: Wash, then remove the yellow petals by pinching firmly and pulling. 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 and try our wonderful Dandelion and Lemon Biscuit recipe.

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

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 and try our wonderful Dandelion and Lemon Biscuit recipe.

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 and try our wonderful Dandelion and Lemon Biscuit recipe.

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  • Reply Beatriz Martínez Ruiz

    Hello, great post!
    I have the flowers already, and I’m going to try do them, in this moment.
    But I have a doubt. What kind of corn flour do you used? Is it normal corn flour, precooked corn flour, or corn starch?

    March 6, 2017 at 8:20 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Hi Beatriz Just normal cornflour, if you do not have it you can just use 20g more of the plain flour – hope you enjoy them x

      March 6, 2017 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Debbie Roberts

    Hi Sarah, dandelion and burdock is a blast from the past. It wasn’t something I enjoyed, but I had a friend who loved the stuff. Your dandelion and lemon biscuits looks so pretty. I have never cooked using flower (or weed) petals, maybe one day I’ll have to give it a try.

    xx

    February 27, 2017 at 11:09 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      My hubby loves it too Debbie, maybe I’ll try and make it sometime. The biscuits were fun to make 🙂

      March 7, 2017 at 8:10 am
  • Reply FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks

    They look delish & I love the way you have them displayed in the picture! What is “caster sugar”? I’ve always know dandelions were edible, but have never eaten them. We fight them in the yard all the time, so maybe we can scrounge up 20 flowers!

    February 23, 2017 at 12:37 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you Florence. I think you call Caster Sugar Superfine sugar in the US, it’s the finer one that you’d use for baking rather than granulated which we’d put into tea and coffee. We call powered sugar icing sugar here too 🙂

      February 23, 2017 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    How interesting! I have never thought of eating a dandelion, or really any other plant in my yard for that matter. Would like to try some edible plants picked from the yard sometime. I have made tea from Mexican marigold before though.
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    February 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I had never heard of mexican marigold before Linda, but have just found some seeds on ebay and ordered them. There are so many wild edibles out there, it’s great fun learning about them and trying them out 🙂

      February 23, 2017 at 12:09 pm
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    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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