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.
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.
Mix your apple cider vinegar and bicarbonate and soda in a glass.
Whisk the margarine and sugar in a large bowl. I used my electric whisk until it was evenly mixed.
In another bowl, I used a measuring jug, to mix the cocoa powder, oat milk and dandelion and burdock cordial.
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.
Pour the mixture into a brownie tray lined with parchment paper.
Bake for about 35-40 mins, until the skewer comes out clean.
Allow to cool in the tin for 30 mins and then life it out in the parchment to cool fully on a wire rack.
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 -