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.



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 …

Something sweet: the evolution of Dessert

A memorable meal, whether in a restaurant or at home, just isn’t complete without a dessert.

Whether simple and homely or extravagant and richly creative, the best desserts are social, decadent and perfect for leaving you with a sweet palate after a big meal.

Of course, sweet treats are not a human invention, with fruits and honey tempting animals and humans alike, …

Cocoa Nibs

Cocoa nibs are available in Australia from your nearest The Essential Ingredient store and online. 

Chocolate is a flavour and ingredient loved and admired the world around.

Used in both sweet and savoury applications, home cooks and professional chefs alike are on an ongoing mission to find new ways of incorporating the beloved ingredient into recipes and dishes.

The production of …