Roasted and Ground Wattleseed boasts of medicinal properties and a nutty flavour. Owing to its versatility, it is popularly used in savoury and sweet dishes. Being high in protein and several minerals, we Australians are fortunate to have this wonder spice native to our region.
As a flavouring, wattleseed is quite a versatile spice. Its subtle coffee aroma gels well with baked treats, pancakes, as well as salads and stews. Source it locally to reproduce these amazing wattleseed recipes:
1. Aussie Roast Chicken
What makes this recipe so uniquely Australian is the use of ground native herbs and spices to marinate the chicken. The main protein absorbs the intoxicating flavours of pepper berry, lemongrass, bush tomato, coriander seeds, lemon myrtle, wattleseed and freshly minced ginger.
First, combine the spices, rub them well into the chicken, allow it to sit for a while and subsequently roast the chicken till tender. The pan juices are thickened slightly for the gravy accompaniment. When served with boiled and roasted potatoes, this dish makes for a hearty Aussie dinner.
2. Risotto with an Aussie Twist
This recipe is an interesting Aussie take on a classic Italian recipe. The ground bush tomato gives the risotto a lovely tang while the wattleseed when combined with onions and garlic lends a caramelised touch. These Aussie influences transform this Italian staple to satisfy local taste buds.
3. Aussie Burger and Chips
Here the minced lamb is seasoned well with native spices like wildfire, wattleseed and alpine pepper. Combining the flavoured lamb with flour, egg yolks and some beer helps you to form them into little patties. This burger is best eaten when sandwiched in a walnut and wattleseed slice of bread.
4. Wattleseed for Daily Cereals:
You can store Wattleseed liquid for adding it to your daily breakfast. Simply boil them in water and keep this mixture in the fridge. Whenever preparing porridge, muesli, or cereals for breakfast, you can add little of this mixture to improve the flavour of these dishes. It is extremely healthy and tasty as well.
5. 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.
6. Wattleseed for Bread:
As mentioned earlier, Wattleseed recipes include every type of food from bread to Pavlova. When making any of these recipes, you should mix roasted ground Wattleseed with liquid by boiling or heating.
You can either add the strained infusion or include Wattleseed grounds in your recipes. They add an extra texture and colour to your dishes. When making bread, substitute your wheat flour with at least 3% of Wattleseed. It can also be substituted when baking pancakes, muffins, and banana bread.
Wattleseed for Desserts:
As an iconic Australian bush food, Wattleseed is used in many preparations including desserts. It can be used for making delicious and decadent sorbets, ice-creams, cheesecakes, whipped creams, and mousse. It tastes amazing in pancakes. One of the most popular Wattleseed recipes includes crumble that combines plain flour, hazelnuts, brown sugar, and roasted ground seeds of wattle.
1. Wattleseed Biscuits
Among the many wattleseed recipes akin to this territory, a hot favourite is these chocolate wattleseed biscuits. A few teaspoons of this roasted and ground spice is combined with self-raising flour, butter, cocoa and castor sugar to form the dough. When rolled into small balls and baked, these biscuits simply melt in your mouth.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Wattleseed Crumble
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.
Wattleseed does not dissolve in an instant. When using the whole seed, the best way to soften them is to soak them beforehand.
Wattleseed for Salad Dressing:
There are many ways to use Wattleseed in your daily food. You can sprinkle it over salads. Add cubed watermelon, radish, and spring onion to your salad mix. Sprinkle it with roasted Wattleseed for the delicious nutty flavour.
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 for drinks
Since wattleseeds are low on the glycemic index, it serves best for high protein energy drink alternative for you. It adds a nutty flavour to the drink. You can try it in place of your regular coffee as your first drink in the morning.
Add 1 tbsp of Ground and Roasted Wattleseeds in a cup along with a latte. Mix it with steamed milk of your choice and mix it well. To garnish, sprinkle cinnamon on top of the drink, and your refreshing coffee is ready.
You can also add two teaspoons of wattleseeds in a mortar and pestle and ground it. Add ground coffee to the coffee basket. Sprinkle the grounded wattleseed on top. Tamp to make your usual espresso. Your Wattleseed espresso is ready.
Wattleseed hot chocolate
Prepare your hot chocolate as you usually do. While you add cocoa to it, add a pinch of grounded wattle seeds to it and enjoy the soothing wattleseed hot chocolate.
Wattleseeds have a high concentration of calcium, potassium, zinc, and iron. They also form a good energy source and provide about 1,500 kilojoules of energy per 100 grams. The carbohydrate content in wattleseed is starch-based rather than sugar-based. This property renders a low glycaemic index and makes it an excellent food for people with diabetes.
These seeds also contain most of the vitamins except for riboflavin, Vitamin C, and B12. When wattleseeds are included with the coat, they can give you over 30% fibre and about 20% protein requirements. What’s more, wattleseeds can be store for over ten years without losing an inch of nutritional value.
Wattleseed is the superfood of Australia. From being used as a thickening agent to flavour booster in beverages and desserts, this versatile ingredient is exploding in popularity over the last few decades. It’s a powerhouse of nutrients and offers a flavourful twist to your dishes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Wattleseed taste like?
Wattleseed has a nice nutty flavour with a milder tone. Many people refer to its taste as coffee. It adds a beautiful aromatic tinge to the sweet and savoury recipes.
Are wattleseeds safe to consume?
Wattleseeds for most of its species are edible, but some can be poisonous to consume. Around 10% of the species are edible. The flowers of wattles are appetizing and edible as well, but again not all of them. The pods of some wattle species are used in food.
Which wattleseeds species are edible?
The wattleseed species that are edible include Acacia decurrens (Early Black Wattle), Acacia floribunda (Gossamer Wattle), Acacia longifolia (Coastal Wattle) and Acacia fimbriata (Fringe Wattle).
Why soak wattleseeds is important?
You can’t dissolve Wattleseeds just like instant coffee. Soaking the seeds soften them and will help you to dissolve them. If you want to use the whole seed, then don’t soak them.
How can I roast wattleseeds?
Place wattle seeds on low flame in a cast-iron frying pan. Let it heat gently. Don’t forget to shake the seeds regularly. The wattle seeds will soon start popping as they toast and split.
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Wattleseed is an Australian native spice. It has a nutty and woody flavour and coffee-like aroma. This versatile spice can be used to flavour desserts and meats maximizing the flavour in your cooking. Use in any dish where you want a hazelnut or coffee taste.$4.99