Marigold Biscuits - Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Easy and Delicious

Marigold Biscuits
As a child my mother use to make calendula biscuits and there was something so enchanting about them, like they had come straight out of my favourite book, The Lord of The Rings.

As a horticulturalist I love combining gardening with cooking and these biscuits are so incredibly easy to make and marigolds are such a delight to grow, so I just love these biscuits. We always have marigolds on hand, of all different kinds, I just love their vibrant beauty and they are an important inclusion in our organic plantings for their ability to repel nematodes in the soil and many other garden pests.
Companion planting partners include eggplant, strawberry, leafy greens, tomatoes, potato, pumpkin, squash, chili's, capsicums but not too close to legume crops.
Marigolds grow easily with a nice compost rich soil, good drainage, plenty of sunshine and some regular liquid fertilizer like seasol. They grow very easy from seed and most nurseries have seedlings in punnets.

Ingredients
  • 125 g butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar if you have sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 & 3/4 cup cup almond meal
  • marigold petals, removed from flower, trim ends if needed, washed and let dry (about 4 flower heads)
Method
  • Preheat oven to 160ç
  • In a bowl combine the butter and sugar together, add in vanilla
  • Mix in the almond meal and about half the marigold petals
  • Roll the mixture into small balls - note - it should be fairly dry not too moist or the biscuits wil spread when you bake them, if it feels to moist add a little more almond meal
  • Place the balls on a tray lined with baking paper, press each one down slightly and then press a few petals on top for a decorative look
  • Bake the biscuits gently, they do not take that long so stay close by.
  • Once they are gently browned on top and have a golden hue, around 12 minutes in my own take them out and let them cool on the tray or on a wire rack
  • Enjoy!

Happy Cooking!
Bek XX

Eat beautiful - Live Well.
Recipe and photography (c) Rebecca Mugridge 2014


6 comments:

  1. I would have never thought of adding flowers from my garden to my food. Ever. Which is funny really, because much of what we eat is home grown. Thank you for opening up my eyes a little.

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  2. Thanks Rebecca! Your garden sounds just lovely, nothing beats home grown XX

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  3. Wow, I never would have thought to add flowers to biscuits! What a lovely recipe :)

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  4. I would have never thought to use marigolds in a biscuit! I have the calendula type, they have come up from seed. They are growing near my peas and broad beans! I need to scatter their seeds to more spots in the garden. I love their bright orange flowers

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