Panem et Circenses

Panem et Circenses

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cranberry-Golden Raisin Bread with Cardamom

Ingredients:  Cranberries, Golden Raisins, Cardamom, Water, Butter, Light Brown Sugar, Bread Flour, Dry Milk, Gluten, Salt, and Yeast.

I have added a new flavor to my life. . . Cardamom. This little spice is amazing indeed, the aroma is fantastic, and the taste is divine.  Cardamom refers to several plants in the ginger family native to India and Bhutan. Cardamom is recognized by a small seed pod, triangular in cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a thin papery outer shell and small black seeds. Today, the majority of cardamom is still grown in southern India. It is the third most expensive spice in the world, outstripped in terms of its market value by only saffron and vanilla. Scandinavian raisin breads are always baked with Cardamom.


  I am enjoying a quiet Saturday afternoon at home baking bread, watching movies about the Civil War, working on lesson plans, and eating my Cranberry-Golden Raisin with Cardamom Bread.  What a perfect day.