I have been to the spice store. It’s a magical place with open jars of herbs and spices, that are high in quality and relatively inexpensive. One thing I found was white cardamom. I after smelling it, I immediately emitted a noise only bats and small dogs can hear. There are 4 kinds of cardamom, black, green, white, and Thai. Each seed has it’s own special and distinct flavor. Black has a Smokey flavor and is far less sweet. Green has a sweet floral scent with a hint of mint. And white (my new best friend) has had the minty flavor bleached out of it, and what is left is mild sweet floral pod that tastes like perfection.
I’m making cardamom bread for breakfast. My boyfriend and I went to midsommarfest at the park this year, and there was an old lady hanging out in the 90 degree heat with a stand full of cardamom bread. He decided to buy a roll. Instead, she grabbed a loaf and promptly rung him up for it (it was too hot to complain). Once I got home to try it, I was happy she did. It had tiny bits of cardamom scattered through it, and the scent crept into my nose, and exploded like a C4 explosion of sweet spice in my mouth(I now have Stockholm syndrome).
I give you Cardamom bread
1 packet fast acting dry active yeast
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp cardamom (preferably white, but green works too)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cardamom in 1/2 cup of sugar for sprinkling
In a small bowl mix together melted butter, milk, and yeast. While that is working its magic, mix together 2 cups of flour, cardamom and salt. Once your yeast has activated, pour it into your flour mixture, allow it to combine, and add in the whisked egg. Then slowly add in the rest of the flour until the dough sticks to your paddle. Grease up a bowl, pat your dough into a ball and allow it to rise for 1 to 2 hours. The longer you let it rise, the more fluffy and delicious it will be.
Once the dough has risen, pat it down and roll it out. make several 1×2 inch slits along the edges and and fold them inward. (a delicious thing you can add to this recipe is a layer of apple butter in the middle) Allow the bread to rise one more time. Brush the top with milk or butter, and sprinkle a mixture of cardamom and sugar over the top. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until the surface begins to brown. Once you remove it from the oven, rub the surface with butter, and add another layer of cardamom and sugar. This bread is best had immediately, while its still steaming from the oven. But you can still reheat it for a couple days with happy results.