Tamarind and thyme creme brulee

This was originally published on Goodfood.com.au

How to use Indigenous Australian ingredients at home

Four recipes from Warndu Mai

Learn how to create truly Australian food and drinks at home using ingredients such as warrigal greens, finger limes and native thyme with these recipes from Warndu Mai (Good Food) by Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard.

Some of the ingredients may need a little online sleuthing to track down, but this resources guide is a good place to start. Alternatively, ask your local supermarket to stock some, forage for a little (respectfully) and better yet, grow a little too. Whether it's a balcony or a backyard, growing herbs and greens is easier than you think! 

Warndu Australian Native | Tamarind and Thyme Creme Brulee

Tamarind and thyme creme brulee

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Serves 4


  1. 250g boonjie tamarind, chopped
  2. 1 cup caster sugar
  3. ¼ cup water
  4. ¼ cup orange juice
  5. 500ml double cream
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  7. 6 sprigs of native thyme
  8. 6 egg yolks
  9. ¼ cup caster sugar, extra, for sprinkling
  10. 2 sprigs native thyme, for garnish (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Place tamarind, ½ cup sugar, the water and orange juice in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 18-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the consistency is thick and jammy.

2. Spoon into the base of 4 x ¾ cup heat-proof ramekins or dishes. Place cream, vanilla essence and thyme sprigs in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil.

3. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove thyme.

4. Place egg yolks and the remaining sugar together in a bowl and whisk. Pour cream mixture into egg mixture and whisk. Pour back into the saucepan, heat over low heat and cook for 4 minutes or until thick.

5. Carefully pour into ramekins. Place in a baking dish and pour boiling water into the baking dish to about halfway up the ramekins. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until just set. (The brulee should have a slight wobble.)

6. Cool at room temperature. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until cold. Sprinkle with extra sugar and torch the tops with a kitchen blowtorch until golden and caramelised.

7. Serve immediately.

Note: If you don't have a kitchen blowtorch, preheat oven grill to high. Place ramekins under grill for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until tops are golden and caramelised.

This is an edited extract from Warndu Mai (Good Food) by Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard published by Hachette Australia, hardback $45.