I promised in the last post Friday at the Écomusée d’Alsace, that I would share a recipe. I had to first try this recipe before I shared it with you and that is what I did this weekend. Now that I have made it once, I am ready to share the recipe and it is kind of a weird one… it features dandelion flower petals… Dandelion Jelly!
Here is some back story:
While at the museum we noticed a young lady picking dandelions and when we visited the “home” she worked out we found out why she was picking them. She was making a jelly out of the flowers. She told us that her grandmother use to make this recipe and it was a great substitute for honey. She put some on a piece of bread and asked us to taste..
Umm… YA… I am not a big “weed” eater… first I hesitated (offering it to the kids… who didn’t gag or spit it out…) next with a bit of skepticism I tasted this “weed juice”. I was instantly surprised with the taste. It was eerily similar to honey… (that is the second time in a week I have has used the word eerily… maybe I should have stated uncannily… don’t want to be too repetitive).
I think all of you should give it a try… so here is the recipe:
- 50 grams of dandelion flower pedals (just the yellow pedals)
- 2 cups of water
- 1 kg of sugar
- 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup of dry white wine
Step 1: Pick the flowers.. make sure they are open… dry and not already sprayed with weed killer
Step 2: Put the flowers (entier… don’t pluck the yellow pedals yet) into vinegar water to wash and hopefully remove all of the bugs.
Step 3: Pluck all of the yellow pedals into a bowl. I had more than 50 grams… I don’t think that the amount has to be that precise.
Step 4: Mix sugar, 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of white wine, and the juice of two lemons. Heat mixture using a “low” heat… you don’t want to make caramel.
Step 5: Add dandelion pedals and let cook under low heat for 15 minutes.
Step 6: Pass through colander (to separate the liquid from the pedals… press the pedals to remove liquid).
Step 7: In a new pot add 1 cup of water and the drained pedals and bring to a boil. Pass through the same colander and add the new liquid to the previous liquid.
Step 8: Cook liquid (weed juice) for about 20 minutes… again under low heat.
Step 9: Place dandelion jelly into jars.
This is how it originally looked. I thought the dandelion “honey” was to “liquid-y”…. so I cooked it for another hour until it became the consistency of thick honey. It also darkened and I liked the flavor better… very much like honey.
While this tastes like honey… I am not sure that it is as good for you as honey… In any case, It is fun to make. Give it a try… great springtime recipe.