Monday, October 13, 2014


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Cardamom spice is the ground seed taken from the capsule of the fruit produced by the cardamom plant. In the Middle East the pods are often ground with coffee beans, boiled and served as coffee. Cardamom is best stored in pod form because once the seeds are exposed or ground they quickly lose their flavor. Cardamom can be found in many Indian recipes and also in the sweet breads of the Nordic countries. The pullah (a Finnish sweet bread) and the Swedish Julekake both contain cardamom. In South Asia, green cardamom is often used in traditional Indian sweets and in Masala cha The spiced tea of South Asia and the traditional Indian sweets use the green cardamom and black cardamom is used for curries and sometimes as an embellishment for basmati rice

PINCH OF WISDOM Often we find the best in people when we wait until they shed their outer shell and reveal their true nature. When we take time to truly know and understand an individual, it is then we often discover that much like the cardamom plant the outer layer hides the most excellent part.

TASTE OF SCRIPTURE “For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45


Streusel 6 tablespoons sugar ,6 tablespoons all purpose flour,1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted,3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom,1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon For streusel: Mix all ingredients in small bowl until moist clumps form.
2 1/3 cups cake flour , 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup orange juice, 2 teaspoons grated orange peel,1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/3 cup poppy seeds (about 2 ounces)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 12-cup angel food cake pan with removable bottom. Sift first 5 ingredients twice into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Mix in sour cream, juice, peel and vanilla. Beat in dry ingredients to blend. Mix in poppy seeds. Transfer batter to prepared pan (batter will fill less than half of pan). Bake cake 25 minutes. Sprinkle streusel over top of cake. Continue to bake until tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. Using small knife, cut around sides of pan and center tube to loosen cake. Push cake up. Cut cake free from pan bottom. Transfer cake to platter.


  1. I don't think I've ever used cardamom but I think my Danish great grandmother did. The recipe looks delicious. I love your "Pinch of Wisdom."

  2. Thanks Pam Some of the spices I have written about are also new to me. I try most of them. :-)