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Love it or hate it, liquorice is an acquired taste that most of us will only be familiar with in candy form. Yet, in the kitchen, liquorice has plenty of untapped potential as both an elegant and sophisticated ingredient. Learn how to cook with liquorice and you will discover its versatility for both sweet and savoury dishes.
Liquorice can be bought in its natural form as a woody root, or a finely ground powder for cooking with, although desserts sometimes call for the black shiny liquorice we are all familiar with.
The Great British Chefs recommend liquorice in savoury dishes with game and pork as well as pairing it with bitter herbal juniper notes. As a dessert, liquorice is bold enough to take centre stage where it needs a more neutral backdrop like ice cream and panna cotta. Liquorice also pairs well with other big flavours like mint, ginger, rhubarb and raspberries.
Here are 5 recipes to show you how to cook with liquorice.
Quail with liquorice and soya sauce
Black garlic, liquorice and macadamia crusted Alaska salmon
The Great British Chefs have the recipe for black garlic, liquorice and macadamia crusted Alaska salmon
Black Liquorice caramels
Liquorice Creme Brulee and caramelised figs with Sambuca
Black Ice Liquorice Ice Cream