Recipe: Wattleseed Anzac Bicuits

With it’s nutty, chocolatey aroma, ground native wattleseed is a delicious addition to baked goods especially these Anzac Biscuits.
Ingredients:
250g           unsalted butter
4Tbl            golden syrup
250g           plain flour
500g           caster sugar
140g           desiccated coconut
300g           rolled oats
4tsp            ground wattleseed
1tsp            bicarbonate soda
2Tbl            boiling water
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Preheat oven to 150°C.
In a small saucepan gently heat the butter …

Recipe: Crostata di Ricotta e Pere Coscia by Emiko Davies

This recipe by Emiko Davies was presented in our first cooking class for 2017 and comes from her latest book, Acquacotta.
Ricotta crostata is loved throughout Maremma and in summertime you find baby pears (pere coscia) in all the local markets.  This simple tart is not overly sweet and will be an instant favourite.

Makes one tart – serves 8

Ingredients:

1rcpe                     Sweet …

Baking Starts Now: raising agents

The joy and satisfaction of baking, combining quality ingredients and letting them work their magic together to produce a beautiful cake, a sweet biscuit, the perfect shortcrust or a fluffy bread. At The Essential Ingredient we know baking takes time and planning and here’s the first of a series on different elements and ingredients important to baking, to help you get the most out of your time in the kitchen. …

Winter Blues

This is how we embrace the winter blues with our selection of the deliciously stylish and beautifully practical.
 

Books
We constantly update our book titles and there is a rich selection of books to satisfy the cook in you this winter. Spice Journey by Shane Delia, The Nordic Cook by Magnuss Nilsson and all of Nigel Slater’s books will provide insight into great …

Essential Tips for baking a tart

Our tips to making the perfect shortcrust pastry tart shell, an ideal blank canvas for your culinary creations.

How does sugar work?

Sugar is an essential ingredient in many baked goods, but not only for its sweet taste. It has many additional unique and useful properties which make it an absolute necessity for all kinds of recipes, from croissants to sourdough bread.

So what purposes can sugar serve in baking, and how does it work?

Colouring

Sugar of any kind will contribute to browning in …

Type “00” flour: for perfect bread & pasta

Nothing beats home-made. Serving your own bread or pasta will always elicit heartier gasps at the table than something you’ve bought.

And yet, for all the love and care you’ve put into your own Italian masterpieces, often the texture and consistency of your bread and pasta isn’t quite what your local Italian bakery or pasta restaurant manages to create.

The secret? …