Prep 30 mins
Cook 4 hrs
Something nice to do with all those dandelions on your lawn, make a treat from the flowers! Dandelion honey is great on toast, muffins, pancakes, and biscuits. Source: 225 Family Friendly Recipes with a Dash of Sophistication by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone. About.com I haven't made this yet, will post update when I do!
- 4 cups dandelion flowers (petals only)
- 4 cups water
- 3 slices lemons, 1/4 inch thick
- 1⁄2 vanilla bean, split in half
- 2 1⁄8 cups granulated sugar
- Pick dandelion flowers during the daylight while in full bloom, remove petals, then measure petals only; discard the green stem parts.
- Place petals in a heavy saucepan along with the water, lemon slices, and vanilla bean.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 6 hours.
- Strain dandelion tea through cheesecloth and discard solids.
- Place remaining liquid in a heavy saucepan and bring to a low boil. Gradually add sugar while stirring until sugar is dissolved. Lower heat and let simmer to desired syrupy thickness (may take up to 4 hours).
- Pour into jars and enjoy.
This is pretty good. It has a pretty strong flavor...reminds me a bit of buckwheat honey. I actually did add a few slices of orange, and 1 tsp. of cinnimon plus off this site. The kidos liked it on their oatmeal.