I got an idea a few weeks ago. I realize I’m not the first to dream up this combination, but I did dream it up all by myself!
What did I dream? Well, I have some cardamom pods in my pantry. I thought, “Hey. I’ll bet a few seeds would be lovely in zucchini bread.” I. WAS. RIGHT!! Okay – maybe it’s not going to appeal to you. But I LOVE IT!
All you need is the seeds from 6 or 7 cardamom pods (green) and a mortar and pestle. Grind the seeds into a nice fine powder and add to your favorite recipe for zucchini bread.
Your recipe will need a couple of changes if you want to bring out the best in the cardamom flavor.
First: Omit the cinnamon (if your recipe calls for it)
Second: Add a dash or two of nutmeg. Nutmeg and Cardamom were M.F.E.O. (made for each other)
If you think chocolate chips would be good – think again. I did it last time. The flavor of the cardamom was obliterated by the chocolate.
Trust me. This cardamom thing is best kept simple and elegant.