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GBBO Botanical Week Inspired: Dandelion & Burdock Brownies

It's that time of year again: The Great British Bake Off is half way through its season. I've been watching although unlike a couple of years ago I've not been playing along in my own kitchen, until now. When botanical week came along, I was reminded of how, once upon a time, I wondered if it was possible to make a Dandelion and Burdock Cake!

I had a read around and used a basic brownie recipe to make these Dandelion and Burdock brownies. They came out really well: lovely and soft cake with a nice crispy top. (The pieces at the edge are especially delicious and sticky!)

If you want to have a go, it is a really simple recipe. I used Mr Fitzpatrick's Dandelion and Burdock cordial, one of a few delicious cordials that you can find at Village Greens. The apple cider vinegar that I used was peach flavoured although it is used as part of an egg replacer (1 tsp bicarbonate of soda + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar = 1 egg) and cannot be tasted in the final product.

Here goes...


  • 300g caster sugar

  • 250g margarine (I used a vegan margarine)

  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 250g self raising flour

  • 250 ml Dandelion & Burdock cordial

  • 2.5 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 50ml milk (I used oat)


First, preheat your oven to 180C.

  1. Mix your apple cider vinegar and bicarbonate and soda in a glass.

  2. Whisk the margarine and sugar in a large bowl. I used my electric whisk until it was evenly mixed.

  3. In another bowl, I used a measuring jug, to mix the cocoa powder, oat milk and dandelion and burdock cordial.

  4. Add everything to the large bowl and mix thoroughly. Again, I used an electric whisk as the lumps are hard work to break up with a hand whisk.

  5. Pour the mixture into a brownie tray lined with parchment paper.

  6. Bake for about 35-40 mins, until the skewer comes out clean.

  7. Allow to cool in the tin for 30 mins and then life it out in the parchment to cool fully on a wire rack.

  8. Slice and enjoy!

For those who love dandelion and burdock, these are a must to try as they're super quick and easy to make. You could even experiment with toppings and additions.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Thanks for reading.

- Karen -


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