Monday, October 20, 2008
It's hard to believe that cardamom is from the ginger and turmeric family. In addition to its incredible ability to take over the flavor of a dish, it has, in my opinion, very little in common with the flavor of its cousins. It is widely used in the cuisine of India, where it grows wild and is now cultivated. Indian cooks flavor savory dishes and desserts with this fragrant seed. The Arab world adds it to coffee to create an aromatic warm beverage. The Scandinavians bake it into delicious loaves of bread.
Its flavor reminds me of Persian dried limes: citrusey and earthy at the same time. I have been pairing it with dark chocolate for awhile. The cardamom complements the rich taste of dark cocoa perfectly.
Cardamom Dark Chocolate Cookies (makes 12)
If you are not concerned about gluten or wheat, you can substitute the 1/2 cup of millet flour, 1/2 cup of tapioca starch for 1 cup of all-purpose flour instead and omit 1/4 teaspoon of xantham gum. However, use the almond meal according to the recipe, it adds a nice texture to the cookies.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar, or granulated
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup millet flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/4 teaspoon xantham gum
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dark chocolate chunks or chips
Preheat oven 375F
Oil a cookie sheet
In a mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugars together until well combined and fluffy, scraping the sides if necessary (about 3 minutes). Add the egg and cardamom. Mix some more. Then add the almond meal, millet flour, tapioca starch, xantham gum and salt. Mix well.
Put a well rounded tablespoon of the mixture onto the cookie sheet to form each cookie. With the help of spatula, flatten slightly and decorate the top of each cookie with the dark chocolate chunks. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bottom of cookies are slightly golden.
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