Friday, March 23, 2012

Dandelion Bread - You Have to Try This, It's Scrumptious!

As I've mentioned several times recently, I've been planning to make some dandelion bread from the abundance of dandelions we always have in our yard and in the field behind the house. Well, we finally to got to try it.


I had plenty of help picking the dandelions. They look so serious in this first photo, like they are on a very important mission.







Here is our harvest.


I took these in and pulled of the stems and leaves and then washed them. I then meaured them and there were about three cups of flowers.

Then I cut the bottom off each flower so that I was left with mostly the yellow part. I didn't worry about it if a little green got in with the flower, I just didn't want those large green parts mixed in. This left me with almost two cups of flowers petals.

After lunch the kids helped mix up the batter for dandelion bread.








Batter in the pan, waiting to go in the oven.


And here's the final product!


Absolutely delicious warm from the oven with butter and honey! I also had some toasted this morning and it was yummy that way too.

And now here's the recipe.

4 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 - 2 cups dandelion petals
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup honey
2 eggs
2 2/3 cups milk

 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine dry ingredients, including dandelion petals, in large bowl. In seperate bowl mix milk, beaten eggs, honey and vegetable oil. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into two greased bread pans. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Check for doneness. If not quite done lower temperature to 350 and continue baking, checking every five minutes.

Enjoy!

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39 comments:

  1. So, just curious, but did you check for those tiny little bugs that like the flowers? It sounds interesting and I might try this. Just couldn't help but think of those bugs though. :-D

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    1. Lol, I did check for bugs as I washed them and only found a couple creepy crawly. Pretty much like you would if you picked something from the garden. Anything that looked strange I cut off or just threw away the whole flower.

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  2. I have to try this. A couple years ago I "harvested" ours and made Dandelion Jelly. Didn't quite set up, so it's more of a Dandelion syrup! It's so beautiful in the jar when the sunlight hits it, though. It tastes a bit like honey. I just like that I used something that everyone else would overlook as a food source.

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    1. I want to make dandelion jelly too, but I don't have any jars yet. This evening for dinner we're having fried dandelion blossoms. I'll post about it after we try it.

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    2. When you make dandelion jelly you absolutely have to add pectin. The recipe I use does not include it, but I've learned from experience that it needs to be added. Sets up every time. Also tastes like honey.

      Going to try to make the bread gluten free - looks really good!

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    3. Thanks for the tip. I can't wait to try this.

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    4. where can I get the recipe for dandelion jelly??

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  3. Wow this is awesome! I'm going to have to try making this once the dandelions come up in our yard!

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    1. I hope you like it. We definitely did. :-)

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  4. My dogs loves to eat dandelions so I will have to fight her for the blossoms to try and make this. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from diy home sweet home.

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  5. It's wonderful to see dandelions being put to good use - I can hardly wait to try this so I'm hoping we have a good crop of dandelions this year. ;) Seeing the pix of your children picking the dandelions reminded me of when I was a kid and my gran used to make dandelion wine from the flowers that my brother and I picked ... we had to fill a large, paper grocery bag! Thank for sharing your recipe.

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    1. I've heard of dandelion wine but never had it. :-)

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  6. Can you substitute rice milk for the milk? I have a granddaughter who is allergic to milk.

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    1. I'm allergic to milk too. You can always sub rice milk in a cake or bread recipe that calls for cow's milk.

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  7. Rose, this is an adorable AND practical post! I will be trying this one!! We have so many of these pretty yellow flowers right now :)Thanks for this great way to use God's healing gifts!

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    1. I'm just learning how much nutritional value there is in dandelions. And to think they are free and so plentiful!

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  8. I found your recipe on Facebook. I've never heard of Dandelion Bread before. It looks yummy. My kids and I are talking about making some. :) I'd love it if you came and linked up this recipe on my Making a Home Linky. :)

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    1. Thanks for the invite. I just linked up.

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  9. looks so beautiful and delicious! finally a use for those flowers!

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    1. And they are so plentiful and replenish as fast they are picked.

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  10. What a great post and a wonderful family! Thanks for sharing them. Loved the recipe. Come visit us. We have some wonderful things to share this week.

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  11. This looks tasty and like a lot of fun for the kids! I hope to try it once our dandelions pop up. Thank you :)

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  12. Wow this sounds and looks great! I love homemade breads (especially the smell of when they are baking in the oven!) I've seen dandelions used for different things, but have never tried using them! I'll have to try it out sometime! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. What a great use for dandelions! I'm going to give this a try! :)

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  14. Looks so pretty in the batter. And what an awesome crew of helpers you had for this. Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week.

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  15. I had no idea you could eat dandelions. But it dose look good all cooked up in that bread. I'll have to try it. I hope you can come over and share this at my party @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/2012/03/sunday-round-up-2.html You have a great blog and I can't water to see what you share next.
    Rose

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  16. I can't help but think how simple it would be to harvest your own garden plot of dandelions. Just plant a section and there you go! Do they sell dandelion seeds?

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  17. I love this idea! I came from the Raising Homemaker linky ~ your post caught my eye because we always harvest our crop of dandelions to make dandelion syrup. Others have suggested fritters, but I haven't seen dandelion bread. It looks fabulous and as soon as our yard produces, my children and I are going to give it a go. We grow lots of dandelions on our farm. {smile} Thanks for this fun recipe! :o)

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  18. My daughter would love this... so much fun!

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  19. Hi Rose,
    The little ones are just precious. We will sure have enough blooms here to make a nice loaf of this bread. I can't wait to try it. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  20. How interesting! My Grandmother used to deep fry the blossoms. But I have never heard of having them in bread. I really want to try it now.:)

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  21. Dandelion Bread? I love it! Thank so much for sharing the recipe... and your cute helpers too! Darling! I'm filing the recipe. We are still a month or so out from dandelions but when they come ( and they will ) I'll have plenty to pick!
    Thanks for sharing with us farmgirls at Dandelion House! Join anytime!

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  22. I had no idea dandelions were edible. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  23. Thank you so much for this. I did a post in spring about Dandelions with a recipe for Dandelion honey (also delicious BTW;)), this bread sounds amazing, will be trying it in spring!
    x

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  24. Great pics :) Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop!

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  25. I would never have thought to bake with dandelions! Now I want to go pick flowers from around the neighborhood. ;)

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  26. I have trying to harvest dandelions, but it seems as soon as I pick them, they wilt and close making ti hard to separate the petals form the green. Any pointers?

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  27. Does this freeze well? What about freezing the petals? Will that work?

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  28. Do you know if this will freeze well? What about freezing the petals to use for later?

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