Catalan Cream – a timeless classic

There is no better dessert than a well executed custard.

There’s something wonderful about rediscovering an old treasured recipe.

This one comes with thanks to Jenni, a long time  customer, who has held onto an Essential Ingredient newsletter from 2002 and brought in store to share with us.

There is no better dessert than a well executed custard – simple, elegant and satisfying,

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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 …

Essential Tips for baking a tart

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

Tonka beans

Tonka beans are, in all likelihood, the most versatile ingredient you’ve never tried.

Harvested from a flowering tree native to South America and dried, the tonka bean is favoured for its unique flavour and scent.

The fragrance of the tonka bean, once also used in the manufacture of perfume, is reminiscent of vanilla, almonds, cinnamon and cloves, with hints of caramel and even …

Christmas Puddings

For the first time, this Christmas we are proud to introduce The Essential Ingredient Christmas Pudding, available now in-store and online.

This delicious Australian-made pudding, baked in an attractively-wrapped ceramic bowl, includes all the traditional ingredients: sultanas, raisins and currants, fresh eggs, brandy and sherry.

The Essential Ingredient Christmas Pudding is rich and moist, and holds its form without crumbling …

Recipe: Peter Kuruvita’s Sri Lankan Love Cake

Sri Lankan cuisine is as rich in tradition as it is in flavour. This sweet treat is much a part of the Sri Lankan food landscape as curry, and after you try it just once, you’ll know why. It’ll be love at first taste.

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Ingredients

Makes approx 30 bite-sized pieces or 1 cake
•    125g soft unsalted …

Gold and Silver Leaf

Gold leaf and silver leaf have been used to decorate food or centuries. Though particularly common in desserts, the opulent inclusion of a fleck, shard or sheet of gold or silver leaf can be just as striking as part of a savoury dish.

With no taste or smell, edible gold leaf …