12 Tastes of Christmas: Cardamom! Strong and aromatic, this spice lends an exotic air to holiday baking. Cardamom is native to Southern India, where it’s harvested for its pungent seeds. Prized for the flavor it adds to both sweet and savory dishes, cardamom has also been used in perfumes, ointments, and aromatic oils throughout history. Its deeply herbal, slightly citrusy flavor makes it one of the most expensive spices, but not to fear— a dash of cardamom is all you need to fill your holiday desserts with festive flavor.
Serving Suggestions: This spiced chai sugar is perfect for stirring into tea, hot chocolate, and coffee, as well as for sprinkling over cookies before baking.
- 4 cups sugar
- 4 teaspoons ground cardamom
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
- In a medium bowl, combine sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, pepper, and vanilla bean and seeds. Cover, and let stand at least 1 week or up to 6 months. Discard vanilla bean. Transfer sugar mixture to airtight containers, such as glass jars.