What is it about ?
The Tonka bean is a fruit from Brazilian teak with a scent similar to bitter almond. Very popular in baking, the Tonka bean is very rich in taste thanks to its subtle flavors of vanilla, caramel, almond, a slight taste of tobacco and its bitterness close to cocoa. Little known, it has been used in the pharmaceutical industry for many years for its coumarin content. The Tonka beans sold here are originally from Brazil and kept whole to preserve their aroma. They can be grated or reduced to powder using a spice grinder or a mortar to accompany your sweet preparations.
How to use Tonka bean in cooking ?
Mainly used in sweet cooking, the Tonka bean can also be a delicious addition to a sweet and savory dish. It can be used as a replacement for vanilla or cinnamon in a recipe. Thanks to its powerful aromas, it only takes one bean to replace an entire vanilla bean. The Tonka bean goes particularly well with chocolate in all its forms: chocolate cream, cakes, brownies, truffles, mousse as well as chocolate drinks. These multiple flavors also allow other associations such as caramel, coffee, praline … It is also possible to add it when preparing crepe dough, waffle dough or any other cake dough because it supports baking very well. By always using it in moderation so as not to saturate the preparations with its powerful flavors, the Tonka bean can be added to almost all desserts based on cream, eggs and dairy products: ice cream, custard, yogurt. … Its use in savory cooking is a little rarer, however, the Tonka bean goes very well with seafood such as scallops, lobster, shrimp, certain fine fish or even egg dishes.
The virtues of the Tonka bean
The Tonka bean has anticoagulant properties and helps fight against coughs and whooping cough.