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How to Cook with Liquorice: 5 Sweet and Savoury Dishes

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How to Cook with Liquorice: 5 Sweet and Savoury Dishes
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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.

If you want to make your own liquorice powder from the roots have a look at Ferdies Food Lab giving step by step instructions on how to make liquorice powder at home.

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

Lakrids by Johan Bulow recipe for 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

Find the black liquorice caramel recipe a farmgirls's dabbles

Liquorice Creme Brulee and caramelised figs with Sambuca

Find the liquorice and creme brulee receipe and caramelised figs with Sambuca at La Mia Vita Dolce.

Black Ice Liquorice Ice Cream

Head to Epicurious for this recipe of black ice liquorice ice cream.

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