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There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

Almond and rosewater shortbread


Who can resist a snowy pile of kourabiedes, the Greek shortbread served at many celebrations and festivities, be it Christmas, a baptism or Easter? This melt-in-the-mouth version is scented with vanilla, aniseed and rosewater. Don't skimp on the icing sugar.

You'll need

120 gm natural almonds 220 gm softened butter 375 gm (2½ cups) pure icing sugar, sieved Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean 1 egg yolk 30 ml ouzo 330 gm plain flour 3½ tsp baking powder 1½ tbsp rosewater, or to taste

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Spread almonds on an oven tray and roast, stirring occasionally, until golden (5-6 minutes). When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop and set aside.
  • 02
  • Beat butter, 75gm icing sugar and vanilla seeds in an electric mixer until light and fluffy (4-5 minutes). Beat in yolk, then ouzo, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Sift in flour and baking powder, add almonds and stir to form a stiff dough, then turn onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 03
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1.5cm-thick. Cut into crescents with a 5cm-diameter cutter and place on baking trays lined with baking paper. Press scraps together and repeat. Bake until light golden (18-20 minutes), cool on trays for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with rosewater. Dust heavily with remaining icing sugar, cool completely on trays. Biscuits will keep, stored in an airtight container, for 1 week (dust with icing sugar between layers).

Note This recipe makes about 30.


At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people
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  • Serves 10 people

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