Cole & Mason Liquorice Root Powder
Eat our Liquorice Root Powder with a homemade ice cream. Chill a tin of condensed milk. Whip up two cups of cold double cream until it forms soft peaks, then whisk in the chilled condensed milk until stiff. Stir in a teaspoon of liquorice root powder and freeze until firm.
Why not try spicing up roasted veg. Liquorice helps bring out the sweetness in roasted vegetables. Try sprinkling some liquorice root powder and ground ginger over pumpkin or butternut squash before roasting.
Or try the same idea for a more intensely flavoured roasted cauliflower.
Liquorice comes from the root of a small shrub that originally comes from southern Europe – ours is from Spain. The roots are left to dry out in the shade for up to six months, then crushed into a fine greyish powder.
In the UK, it's only really ever been used to make sweets, going as far back as the 1500s, to the days of Henry VIII. But these days, we're starting to appreciate the way it brings out the sweetness in savoury dishes and sauces, too.
Supplier: The Spice Company