Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cardamom Cake day!

It is cardamom cake day. As seen in my Instagram feed and after cheering on for the recipe from you, lets talk cardamom cake today. I wish every day was a cardamom cake day but if that was the cake I guess I wouldn't really fit into my office chair anymore. :D

For the moment I have this big love affair with cardamom. I crave it and love using it when baking. My latest discovery is adding crushed cardamom capsules into black tea which gives a divine flavor and is very refreshing to drink.

You can find cardamom in the spice section at your grocery store and usually it is available in whole capsules, as black seeds/kernels or finely grounded. DON"T buy the grounded stuff, it has no flavor at all. Buy the capsules if you can.

Magic cardamom. It has a strong specific flavor which is hard to describe. The smell is spicy and sweet and has a calming effect on sweet cravings (it is true!!!). It has a number of health benefits such as helping with digestion and is great for detoxing. It reliefs cold and flu symptoms, helps with bad breath and oral infections and is even said to lower blood pressure.

In Sweden we use a lot of cardamom when baking and one of my favorites is a cardamom soft cake. Here is my own recipe, make and indulge - preferable with a cup of cardamom tea!


Annette's Cardamom Cake

3 eggs
3/4 cup/2dl sugar
1 cup/ 2,5 dl dinkel or white flour
2 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp crushed cardamom seeds (crush until fine in a mortel)
 6-7 tbsp/100g unsalted butter
1/2 cup/1dl hot water
1 handful sunflower seeds
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds


Instruction:
1. Whisk 3 eggs and sugar until fluffy and white

2. Mix flour, baking powder and crushed cardamom seeds and stir into egg mix.

3. Mix melted butter and hot water and add to mixture. Stir until smooth.

4. Mix in seeds and pour mixture into a buttered and breaded baking tray fitting 50 ounces of mixture.

5. Bake in 375 F˙/175 C˙ for approx. 30 minutes.

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Cardamom Tea

Black Tea
Cardamom capsules


Instruction:
1. Make black tea in a tea pot

2. Crush 10-15 cardamom capsules lightly in a mortel

3. Add crushed cardamom, with shells and all, into tea pot and let soak
for 5-10 minutes before drinking.

Serve the tea and cake on odd and pretty vintage dessert plates and in cute tea cups.
Have your youngest to style the presentation and enjoy!

Bon Apetit!



Kärlek
Annette




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  13. Catheryn Regan MulveyJuly 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

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  15. Yum! My Norwegian mother-in-law uses lots of cardamom in her baking, it is indeed very lovely! I've never heard of the tea, though, and I'm anxious to try - do you ever add milk? Or straight black? I want to do it right! :-) Chrissie x

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  16. Oooo it sounds (and looks) really delicious :) Safly for me most days are indeed cake day and I indeed struggle to fit my office chair :-/
    Jillxo

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Kärlek
Annette

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