Last fall, during this trip to Kensington Market, Nick and I were browsing around House of Spice, when I noticed some small bags of ground Cardamom, a spice we’d never bought before. Remembering the delicious Cardamom Latte I’d tasted at another favourite spot in the market, Fika Cafe, I popped one into our basket.
When we got home and opened it up, we were struck by the intense aroma of the stuff. I realized that a little of it goes a long way, which was the reason it was packaged in such small quantities. I would say that Cardamom is an acquired taste and might not be for everyone, but if you like Chai you already know you like it, because it’s a big component of that.
It’s a spice predominantly used in Indian cooking, but is also often used in baking in Nordic countries.
Mmmm cake … oops, sorry … having a Homer Simpson moment out loud.
I immediately got onto making this Pear and Cardamom Upside-Down Cake. It was mind-blowing for the dessert lover in me, with the cardamom flavour popping right out. So good!
I subsequently added half a teaspoon to the recipe for my now go-to Apple Cake, discussed (pre-cardamom) in this post. It was an excellent modification of the recipe which I’ll repeat whenever I make this cake.
But, of course, we don’t eat cake everyday, so I’ll get on with what this post is actually about … Making a latte at home that’s seasoned with the flavour of cardamom.
I’ve been making myself one of these a couple of times a week, which is a testament to how delicious they are.
AND easy! Making one requires no fancy equipment — If you have a way to make a good strong cup of coffee and a jar with a tightly closing lid, you’re good to go. Well, you also need a stove or a microwave oven but I’ll assume you have either of those.
Note, this method of homemade latte making can also be used to make a plain (non-cardamom) drink too.
Go on, treat your sleep-over guests with a latte in the morning!
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