You will be surprised to know that over 600 types of wattles are grown all over Australia and about 120 of them contain edible seeds. Here is what you can cook with these incredible seeds
Wattleseed Chocolate Cookies
Soak 1/4th cup of ground wattleseed in warm water for about 5 minutes. Add a cup of sugar and cream 100gm butter. Add in 1 egg and mix it well. Blend in the wattleseed that is soaked with 3/4th cup cocoa, 3/4th cup brown sugar, 1 cup of plain flour and 1 tsp of ground wattleseed. You can add in about 100gm of chocolate chips next.
Line your baking tray with baking paper. Make tablespoon sized balls of your cookie mix and place them evenly on the baking tray. Flatten it slightly. Heat the oven to 180 degrees and bake the mixture for about 8 to 10 minutes.
Chocolate Wattleseed Mousse with Lemon Myrtle Cream
Place 125gm of dark cooking chocolate, 50g of unsalted butter and 70ml of orange juice in a bowl. You can either stir over hot water or microwave until the mixture is melted. Whisk 2tsp of cocoa, 1.5tsp of wattleseed, 25 ml Cointreau and egg yolks. Set it aside. Next, beat and set aside 100ml of cream until soft peaks are visible. Beat the eggs and add 1.5tsp of caster sugar. Beat this mixture again until it is glossy and smooth. Fold in 3 egg whites and whipped cream into the chocolate mixture. After it is mixed completely, transfer the mousse into a serving bowl and refrigerate. You can enjoy the best of the wattleseed recipes by using lemon myrtle with the remaining cream.
Cheese-Topped Wattleseed Damper
The next in wattleseed recipes, this damper requires you to preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Grease a medium rectangular bread or loaf tin. Sift 3 cups of self-rising flour and stir through salt, 1tsp of roasted and ground wattleseed and 1tsp of custard powder. Slowly pour in 1.5cups of milk until the mixture becomes sticky dough. Tip it over the prepared tin and sprinkle a ½ cup of grated cheddar cheese. Bake this until the golden colour is seen and slightly raised. Slice the damper thickly and add butter and a drizzle of golden syrup.
Mix 100g plain flour, 70g brown sugar, 50g ground hazelnuts, 30g chopped and roasted hazelnuts and 1tsp of roasted and ground wattleseeds in a blender. Later, add 75g of cold butter and blend until the mixture appears to be like coarse breadcrumbs. Top cooked apple and bake over medium heat for about 45 minutes until the mixture is bubbling and golden.
Kingfish with Wattleseed Dressing
Mix 2tsp vinegar, 1tsp oyster sauce, 4tsp olive oil, pepper and salt in a jar containing a screw top. Shake it well to combine and pour it on raw kingfish that is thinly sliced. Sprinkle some ground wattleseed. You can also serve this as a salad by adding sliced radish, cubed watermelon, and spring onion.
Wattleseed is one of the iconic Australian bush foods that are used to add flavour to ice-creams, mousses, cheesecake, yogurt, chicken, fish, and lamb. This wonderful seed is also rich in nutrients that call for its inclusion in your kitchen racks.