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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 busygreenmum

    I could only find 5 dandelions in our garden today(only place I know they haven’t been sprayed or pooed on)so I supplemented with some lemon balm leaves and reduced the lemon zest. Was a bit woried as I dolloped them out as they had consistency of very think mashed potato and I couldn’t shape them at all but they turned out great.

    May 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Great idea using the lemon balm, and I saw your photo on Instagram and they looked fab 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to come back and let us know you tried them, it’s really lovely to hear 🙂

      May 16, 2017 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply nikki

    I was hoping to get to the dandelions before Bruce sprayed them! ARG! I will have to wait for the next crop and tell him to save me at least 20 before he decides to kill them off! Thanks for sharing this, what a fun idea!

    May 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      My Bruce isn’t meant to spray anything in our garden Nikki, but there’s definitely some weed dying going on in places so I think he has – must be something in the name lol

      May 12, 2017 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I wonder if I can convince my daughter to make us some of these Sarah. I’d really love to try them. I can’t imagine what dandelion must taste like

    May 10, 2017 at 8:39 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Do let me know if you try them Michelle, or you could substitute one of your other native edible flowers 🙂

      May 12, 2017 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply Carlee

    How interesting! I have never tried baking with dandelions before but now I am definitely intrigued. We have plenty to harvest!

    May 10, 2017 at 1:52 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s such fun cooking with wild foods Carlee, and as you say they’re pretty easy to spot 🙂

      May 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
  • 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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    • 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
  • Reply Lindsey Kettle

    These look and sound delicious 🙂 I hadn’t ever thought of eating them. I may well have to get picking and make some of these :)x

    May 29, 2016 at 2:41 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The kids loved making these Lindsey, and its such an easy to identify plant to forage 🙂

      May 30, 2016 at 12:34 am
  • Reply Kat Eat.Love.Live

    Wow, these look so cool. I haven’t ever cooked with dandelions before. I’m intrigued, What do they taste like? Thanks so much for linking up with #MinisMeals xx
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    May 10, 2016 at 10:46 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The leaves have quite a bitter taste, the flowers are less so and have a herby taste – I haven’t tried the roots yet. Thanks for having us 🙂

      May 11, 2016 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Nicola

    Wow, these look delightful and such an unusual recipe. I’ve never cooked with dandelion before.

    May 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    Ooohhh very interesting biscuits! What a fab idea, I can see why these would go down a treat with the little ones. #familyfun
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    May 4, 2016 at 11:16 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s such a fun thing to make with them – I have never met a kid who didn’t love picking Dandelions 🙂

      May 6, 2016 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Rhyming with Wine

    These look delicious! I love the idea of using dandelions to cook with. (I used to make nettle pop with my grandma as a child and she often uses flowers in salads etc too). Dandelion and burdock was always a favourite of mine so I’m sure that these biscuits would be a winner for me! Thanks for linking with #passthesauce x

    May 4, 2016 at 5:10 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks for having us. We’re planning to try Nettle Cordial soon – apparently it tastes great 🙂

      May 6, 2016 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply An imperfect mum (Catie)

    These look and sound amazing, I would never have thought of cooking with dandelions before. TY for sharing this recipe with us at #FamilyFun

    April 28, 2016 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Kerry-Ann

    I am so sad that dandelions are weeds – I do so love them. They are cheery little splashes of colour. I love the idea of making them into biscuits – I’d never thought of that before and they are in abundance. Thanks for this amazing recipe…definitely going to give it a go! Sounds amazing…I love the seal pups – too cute for words. Did I see tall ships in the harbour? #FamilyFun

    P.S I’ve ‘Stumbled’ this recipe. x

    April 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They are lovely to see aren’t they, and probably the first flower we all learned to identify. You did see a tall ship – we had a lovely trip out on a replica Tudor boat – it was amazing 🙂

      May 1, 2016 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Our Cherry Tree

    This is amazing! I would never have thought of using dandelions in biscuits but have used lavender loads, this has really inspired me and I’m going to go hunting for some dandelion heads tomorrow now. Thank you! #howtosundays
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    April 10, 2016 at 6:34 pm
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  • Reply Jenny - Monkey and Mouse

    These are AMAZING! I love the idea of incorporating foraging finds into bakes, that will be great fun for kids to help pick and mix as well. Not a huge fan of lemon, but would definitely be tempted to try them. Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x
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    April 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The kids love it, and its the perfect place to start as everyone can find and identify a dandelion 🙂

      April 10, 2016 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    What a great recipe Sarah. I’ve never tried working with dandelions, I normally pull them up and throw them away hoping they don’t grow back too quickly. My father in law used to tell a story about his father who used to make potions with dandelions. I really didn’t appreciate there were so many healthy elements to them. Pining, certainly will try this. #howtoSundays,
    Angela x
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    April 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      You can make all sorts of things with them, and apparently you can just cool the roots like carrots too (we haven’t tried them yet though, so no idea how nice they are) 🙂

      April 6, 2016 at 10:17 pm
  • Reply Kerry

    I’ve never used flowers in my cooking, but we have a ton of dandelions in the garden so might need to give this one a go! #HowtoSunday

    April 4, 2016 at 7:20 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It makes you look at them much more fondly I find, once you know you can eat them 🙂

      April 6, 2016 at 10:19 pm
  • Reply Catherine

    I had no idea dandelions were edible! We’ve certainly got plenty of them down at the allotment and the kids will love picking them to bake with – which will also keep the weeds down! #HowtoSunday

    April 3, 2016 at 9:55 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Isn’t it great that you can eat them – I look at them far more fondly now – I’ve seen recipes for wine and jelly (the jam type) on pinterest – will have to see what else I can turn up!

      April 3, 2016 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply provokeasmileblog

    Wow I really didnt know dandelion flowers were edible. I knew the greens were but this is a really interesting post. I look forward to trying it out!

    April 3, 2016 at 7:34 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      There’s lots of things you can do with them apparently – and I believe they used to be grown as a vegetable 🙂

      April 3, 2016 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    These sound great. I have read many benefits of dandelion it’s supposed to be very good for you. I think I’ll have to give these a try. Sarah #HowToSunday
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    April 3, 2016 at 4:21 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I’ve read that too, and they are the perfect wild plant to try as they are so easy to identify 🙂

      April 3, 2016 at 10:17 pm
  • Reply The Practical Saver

    Maybe it’s just me but I never thought that dandelion could be eaten. Wow, I’m really surprised. I’ll ask my wife to find dandelions and make these for me and my wife.

    April 2, 2016 at 11:29 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They are meant to be very nutritious – I believe the french still grow them as a vegetable – let me know what you think if you make them 🙂

      April 3, 2016 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Claire

    What a fab idea! my girls love collecting dandelion heads, now I know what to do with them all!! Thankyou so much for sharing this with me on #kidsinthekitchen it’s great to have you joining in!!

    October 2, 2015 at 7:16 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for having us! Like you, I am passionate about kids learning to cook. This is a really fun recipe for them, and I think its really good for kids to learn about foraging for food – its amazing how many wild plants are edible!

      October 2, 2015 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Mudpie Fridays

    I love anything lemony so will be giving these a go with Monkey, I can imagine he would love picking the dandelions to cook – have pinned for future reference – thank you 🙂 #kidsinthekitchen

    September 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Mt kids loved making them 🙂

      September 28, 2015 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Zena's Suitcase

    I would never have thought of using dandelions, I bet they make for interesting biscuits!

    August 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      They look really pretty. Plan to try some other edible flowers soon! Thanks for visiting x

      August 19, 2015 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Nige Higgins

    Never in my wildest dreams did I think you could use dandelions in cooking the biscuits look and sound yummy great post

    August 18, 2015 at 6:13 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment x

      August 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Bek Dillydrops

    I’d never have thought of using dandelions in baking. What a fab idea! I’m trying to imagine what they would taste like now…

    August 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      I’ve seen recipes to make Jelly and cordial from them too, that look nice. Thanks for visiting x

      August 18, 2015 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Lianne

    Oh wow I would never think of baking with dandelion!! I remember drinking dandelion & burdock as a kid though. Ooh I really want to know what it tastes like now!! 🙂 #MyFavouritePost

    August 18, 2015 at 8:18 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Oh Dandelion and Burdock would be a good make, might try that next! Thanks for visiting x

      August 18, 2015 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Something Crunchy Mummy

    I’ve never thought to use dandelions, my son loves to pick them and these look delicious, they are in my to make list #picknmix xx

    August 1, 2015 at 9:01 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      They are lots of fun to make with the kids, thanks for visiting x

      August 1, 2015 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply A Cornish Mum

    Wow I never would have thought of trying this, but they actually sound scrummy! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix!

    Stevie x

    August 1, 2015 at 3:49 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for having us x

      August 1, 2015 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply casey

    I’ve never eaten a dandelion! Am I in the minority? I need to remedy that. The girls have been asking to bake something so this would be super fun. 🙂 I hope you can stop by the blog on Monday and share a post–I have a link party that runs Monday through Friday!

    August 1, 2015 at 3:11 am
    • Reply Sarah

      It’s surprising how many wild are edible. I would love to link up Monday – will see you then x

      August 1, 2015 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Berg

    Wow. What a recipe. I am going to try it with my kids this summer. They love the outdoors and collecting things so collecting flowers first is perfect. Thank you. #picknmix

    July 31, 2015 at 2:26 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for visiting 🙂 I just sneaked a peek at your site, what an oasis of calm it appears – I have total blog envy!

      July 31, 2015 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Pickinguptoys

    wow,all this time I’ve been saying thankyou to my daughter for picking dandelions and handing them to me whilst throwing them over my shoulder when I could have been doing delicious biscuits with them!!!!Fab idea x #picknmix

    July 31, 2015 at 9:40 am
    • Reply Sarah

      The kids love making these, and it gives me great pleasure out on walks when they start pointing out which plants are edible. Thanks for visiting x

      July 31, 2015 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Joanne D.

    your recipe doesn’t say how much dandelion petals to use….so, once the flowers are washed and the petals removed, what is that volume, please.

    May 4, 2015 at 5:33 am
    • Reply Sarah

      We used 20 heads, which I would say was roughly a cup once prepared. With this amount the texture of the petals definitely comes through.

      May 4, 2015 at 7:31 am
  • Reply Tracey

    I must have missed it, but I don’t see dandelions on the ingredient list! How many?

    May 4, 2015 at 4:59 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Very well spotted (red face). We used 20 heads for these biscuits.

      May 4, 2015 at 7:27 am
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