How to Make Dandelion Bread
Nearly every part of the common dandelion, from its brilliant yellow petals, to its roots have been foraged throughout history for food, drink and medicine.
A rich source of beta-carotene, dandelions are also packed with vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, potassium and zinc. Young dandelion leaves are fantastic to eat raw and the roots can be roasted, ground and used in place of coffee. Dandelion extract and tincture is used all over the world to treat ailments from high blood pressure and diabetes to liver complaints.
Dandelions are so easy to gather and it’s worth finding out how many ways you can use them. Pick them somewhere that hasn’t been sprayed with herbicides and is not too close to busy roads. Your own garden is probably perfect!
Give them a quick wash and shake before using to be on the safe side. This recipe is easy for the kids to help with and tastes great. Although it’s called Dandelion Bread, in truth it’s closer to a loaf cake. Not too sweet, it’s delicious spread with honey and maybe topped with a thin slice of cheese.
- A good handful of clean dandelions to make up around 1 cup
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- 1 egg
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/4 cup of milk
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ cup honey
#1. Cut the yellow part of the flower away from the stem. It’s easiest to simply slice across the flower head where the petals meet the green part. It doesn’t matter if you have a little green in there as well.#2. Pre-heat the oven to 400 F. Place the flour, baking powder and dandelions into a large mixing bowl, together with a pinch of salt and stir lightly.#3. Next, whisk the oil, egg, milk and honey together until combined.
Add honey. #4. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir roughly until incorporated but not over-mixed. #5. Line a loaf pan with baking parchment and pour the batter into the pan, then bake for 15 minutes before lowing the temperature to 350 F and baking for a further 20 minutes.#6. Leave the loaf to cool a little in the pan before removing and serving in slices while still just slightly warm.
The loaf is tastiest served immediately but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. It’s possible to freeze the loaf, but it’s best to do so while still whole. You can improve the taste and texture of frozen dandelion bread by rewarming it in the oven before serving.
If you’ve gathered more dandelions than you need, try dipping the heads in pancake batter and frying in a little oil with the heads face down in the pan and the stems in the air. The kids will love them drizzled with honey!
Forget trying to beat the dandelions in your yard; the bees love them and this free foodstuff has the potential to become a valuable, nutritious and delicious part of your diet.
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Sounds wonderful. I must try dandelion loaf.
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Looks good! Will definitely make it soon!
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Do you have anything for buttercups?! I really look forward to trying this once the dandelions rear their heads this Spring in Vermont. I ask about buttercups because they are the plague in horse pastures that are over grazed and compacted. They are toxic to horses and squeeze out the good grass.
Thank you for your comment. We do not have an article on buttercups yet, but you can check this article about this herb:
All parts of the Buttercup are also poisonous to humans as well.
This will be a different recipe for the garden club next time we meet. Thank you
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This looks wonderful, but we are gluten free. Any recipes for gf dandelion bread?
Thank you for your comment. We do not have an article about gluten-free dandelion bread, but I found this great recipe online, maybe you can check it out:
I just finished my daily cup of dandelion tea. It is a diuretic but puts more nutrition in than it removes so is great refreshing drink. I boil water for a couple cups, then add the petals and steep for 5-10 minutes. Add whatever sweetener you like for a really refreshing and tasty drink. Dandelions, mullein, and usnea are a must have in my home.
Thank you for your comment and for sharing this information! These three plants are a must-have in my house as well.
Hi Mary, may I ask how you use mullein? I have a beautiful mullein plant but don’t know what to use it for. Thanks in advance.
Thank you for sharing. I get tons of dandelions and have made sure there has been no pesticides on them for eight years now. This and the bread will be a great experiment.
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Hello there ! I just made the dandelion bread (during stay at home orders) and gathered 1 cup of whole flower heads, which gave me a 1/2 cup of petals (with a little of the green bits as you mentioned). Was it 1 cup untrimmed dandelions, or 1 cup trimmed petals?
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You should use one cup of untrimmed petals.
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Hi Mary, may I ask how you use mullein? Thanks in advance.
I’m going to give this a whirl this weekend. A gluten free version. Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks for the info but can I use dry Dandelion herb ?
Great recipe! I just made it. But I think it’s either 1/4 cup milk or more flour. 1 1/4 cup made soup. I just added more flour. I should’ve caught it as I did it but it was too late. Still good!