I have suddenly been looking for and using Cardamom in several recipes since my first bite of it five months ago in a IHOP pancake and it was fabulous. I remembered it from Mincemeat at first bite. It's pungent, spicy sparkle in your mouth. Cardamom is cinnamon taken up a notch, of which I have added to recipes with cinnamon and recipes without.
Cardamom, a member of the ginger family can certainly stand alone or with added ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Always delicious with cinnamon spice pastry recipes such as apple pies, pumpkin and spiced nut's, cardamom is always great with any gourd vegetable such as acorn squash and with sweet potato dishes! A great recipe start is with Lattice Baked Granny Smith Apples! Delish warm or cold. I slice or two on oatmeal is a real special winter morning treat!
Lattice Baked Granny Smith Apple with Cardamom
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
1 frozen pastry pie dough or Homemade Pastry Dough
3 tablespoon's brown sugar, light or dark
1 tablespoon raisin's
1 tablespoon dried cranberries
1 tablespoon raw almonds, chopped
1 tablespoon butter, divided
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
To make lattice designed pastry I use a pastry wheel cutter. Pictured below.
In small mixing bowl combine brown sugar, raisins, cranberries, chopped almonds, cinnamon and cardamom.
Core apple center and fill with brown sugar mixture. Place 1/2 tablespoon butter on top of each apple.
Wrap lattice cut pastry around each apple. Top with a few chopped almonds, a couple cranberries.
Bake 30 minutes and golden brown.