Cherries poached in a tonka bean syrup.


Tonka Beans

Tonka Bean can be used instead of vanilla pod. Its flavour is warm and complex adding a darker note than vanilla.

 I was first introduce to Tonka beans by Orlando Murrin who gave a talk and demonstration at Stirring Stuff as part of the Henley Literary Festival . Promoting his fabulous book  about living his dream in rural France.

 ‘A Table in the Tarn: Living, Eating and Cooking in Rural France’,  Orlando Murrin and  Johnathan Buckley (photographer).    March 1st 2009 by Stewart, Tabori & Chang (first published April 7th 2008)

 Our role for these events was to buy and prepare ingredients for the author demonstrators and then to assist them during their demonstrations.  We duly received author recipes a couple of weeks before the event  –  Orlando’s list of ingredients for his demonstration of ‘Forgotten Cookies’, sent us into something of a tail spin – what on earth is a Tonka bean and where in the UK can they be found?  Preliminary research suggested that these beans might even be poisonous and a banned substance – a bit risqué for our small cookery rural cookery school!  Continue reading

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