Cardamom is my new favorite thing. I want to put it in everything. My favorites include these Lemon Cardamom Snickerdoodles and sautéing diced mangoes in a little butter, brown sugar and a sprinkling of ground cardamom.
Cardamom is a spice most frequently used in Middle Eastern, Indian and Scandinavian cuisines. Its unique flavor works well in both sweet and savory dishes. A member of the ginger family, cardamom can be purchased as seeds, which you can grind yourself for maximum flavor, or already ground. It loses its flavor once it’s ground so use it quickly or purchase high-quality ground cardamom. It’s one of the most expensive spice in the world — second only to saffron — and is now cultivated in Sri Lanka, Guatemala and Mexico.
Spice up your pancake batter, cookie dough, marinades and rubs with a pinch (or more) of ground cardamom. It’s also used to flavor coffee and pastries.
Lemon Cardamom Snickerdoodles
Lemon and a sprinkling of ground cardamom brighten up the traditional snickerdoodle.
Make sure your butter is at room temperature. Cold butter won’t mix as well with the other ingredients.
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