Cardamom-Raisin Quick Buns/Biscuits are my contribution to Kalyn's 'Weekend Herb Blogging'. My choice this week is Cardamoms! This week's host is Anna of "anna's cool finds" blog.Thank you for hosting Anna!:)
Cardamom, sometimes called Grains of Paradise, is a pungent, aromatic herb first used around the eighth century, and is a native of India. It was probably imported into Europe around A.D. 1214.Cardamom is cultivated in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Mexico, Thailand and Central America.The spice known as cardamom is the fruit of several plants of the genera Elettaria belonging to the family Zingiberaceae, whose principal member is Elletaria Cardamomum. The plant it self is a perennial herb with a thick, fleshy rootstock which sends up flowering stems from 6 to 12 feet high.
Cardamom is usually purchased either in seed pods,or in its "decorticated" form, that is, taken out of the seed pods or the seeds are ground into a powder.They are always most aromatic when they are ground fresh to use.(Info:www.Avalon.net)
Cardamom-Raisin Quick Buns:Makes 6-8
(Recipe from "Quick Breads" by Beatrice A. Ojakangas with some changes)
Here is a wonderful tasting (almost like Southern Biscuits)Buns and what can I tell you about the aroma which fills up the whole house!!Mmm..!!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour,2 tsp baking pd,1/2 salt, 1 tsp Cardamom pd freshly ground,1/4 cup sugar,1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter melted,1 Egg, 1/3 cup milk, 2 tbsp dark or golden raisins or dry mixed fruits.
1. Pre heat oven to 400F.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray lightly with no-stick oil.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients first,make a well in the center and pour in the well beaten liquid ingredients and mix all just enough to make thick droppable dough.
3. Do not overmix the dough.Drop (or make)6-8 mounds of dough on the prepared baking sheet.
4. Brush the the top lightly with milk(optional) and bake for 10-12 mins or until golden on top.Cool on the racks.
Serve warm or tastes better a day after,split and with or without buttered for breakfast! Enjoy:))