Thursday, December 13, 2012

Scandinavian Cardamom Extract


Scandinavian Cardamom Extract
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If you love the flavor of cardamom you can use cardamom extract anywhere you would use vanilla. 
It gives cakes or sugar cookies a more sophisticated flavor. 
You can find the pods online (mountainroseherbs.com) or at Indian or Middle Eastern grocery stores.
Being Mormons, we don’t drink alcohol, but we use vanilla extract in cooking, so this is similar to that.

½ pint glass jar (1 cup)
1 C green cardamom pods
Vodka

1.     Fill the jar with cardamom pods, partially crushed with the flat side of a large knife, so that they are open.
2.     Cover with vodka and let sit for up to 2 days in a cool, dark cupboard. It quickly becomes bitter if left to sit longer (unlike most extracts which require weeks of soaking).  At this point, strain out the solids through a cheesecloth lined sieve, and keep the liquid with your other extracts.
3.     Use in place of vanilla extract.

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