White chocolate, & poppy seed cakes
With its zesty lemony taste, common sorrel is the perfect plant to bring the taste of spring to your table. Here’s a guide to foraging for sorrel and our recipe for white chocolate & poppy seed cupcakes topped with sorrel icing, violets & gorse.
Common Sorrel is a wonderful plant to forage, otherwise known as narrow-leaved dock, garden sorrel or spinach dock this wild plant is often found amongst grasses, fields or can be growing in your garden, use in salads or as a vegetable treated in a similar way to kale, salad or spinach. Sorrel can be identified by its arrow shaped shiny bright green leaves, growng in clusters around a rosette. The key ID to look out for it’s pointed tails either side of the stem at the base of the leaf. In summer sorrel sprouts tiny red flowers. It could be confused with the larger lords and ladies which are poisonous but these are bigger and the tails are much more rounded in comparison to sorrels pointed ones.
Sorrel has a sharp taste some liken to apple or lemons and is a perfect plant to add a bit of zing to salads or deserts. We have also frequently used sorrel in our wild cocktails at our Forage and Feast events and in deserts like sorbet or pannacotta, make a sorrel sugar and sprinkle over the top, the really fresh sour taste contrasts amazingly well with the creaminess of the pannacotta.
Not only is sorrel super tasty, like all the wild plants we forage it is also really good for you. This plant is known for it’s diuretic properties and relieving sinuses.
Makes 15-20 small cupcakes
175g self raising flour
Tsp vanilla essence
Sprinkling of poppy seeds
Small handful of white chocolate chips
Small handful of sorrel
Splash of milk
How to make our sorrel cupcakes;
- Whisk the butter & sugar together till blended and fluffy
- Add eggs slowly and whisk on high
- Sift in flour gradually to add to mixture (add splash of milk if needee)
- Add poppy seeds, white choc chips and finely chopped sorrel leaves.
- Pour into cases in a muffin tray and bake on 180 for around 20-25 minutes
- Make a simple sugar syrup and infuse with a couple of handfuls of sorrel. Add this syrup to icing sugar and cover cakes when cool.
- Decorate with sorrel leaves & wild flowers.