Lately I’ve been looking for ways to sneak more healthy foods into my diet. I had some dried dandelions leaves, but I wasn’t sure how to prepare them. I looked up their nutritional information again, hoping for recipe inspiration, when I noticed they contain the vitamins A, C, E and K.
That pretty much spells C.A.K.E. Surely that was a sign, right? It was literally spelled out for me. But it felt wrong to turn something so nutritious into the epitome of fattening desserts. Biscuits seemed like a good, non-guilt-inducing compromise.
These would go well with dandelion tea. But since it’s strawberry season, they came in handy for strawberry shortcake.
1 ¼ c white flour
½ c wheat flour
2 ½ tsp dried dandelion leaves
2 ¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 oz plain greek yogurt
3 oz buttermilk
Strawberry Cream Topping:
4 oz plain greek yogurt
3 oz cream cheese
9 oz strawberries
2 tsp sugar
Whipped Cream (Two Servings):
¼ c whipping cream
¼ tsp vanilla
½ tsp sugar
I found it odd when I set out to make this recipe, that I was out of butter, yet had plenty of dandelion leaves on hand. I think I’ve crossed some sort of weird threshold.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together the flours, salt, baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar and dried dandelion leaves.
Combine the butter into the dry ingredients with either fingers or pastry cutter.
In another bowl, mix the yogurt and buttermilk together with the vanilla.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, until just combined. Don’t mix too much.
Separate dough into 6 balls, and press into disc shapes.
Arrange them on a cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
To make the strawberry cream, puree all the ingredients together in a blender, or use an immersion blender for fewer dirty dishes.
Whipped cream is also very simple, just whisk the three ingredients together. I usually use a handheld mixer, but since I had the immersion blender right there, I tried it out. It’s good to know I can use it for more than soups.
Cut a biscuit in half, spoon on the strawberry cream, cover with the top and whipped cream.
Dandelion leaves are yet another super green food, and are loaded with antioxidants, iron, calcium, protein, and many vitamins and minerals. They are great for detox, especially the liver and gallbladder.