One of the hardest tasks is to extract continually from one's soul an almost inexhaustible ill will. – Victor Hugo
|Delicious stuff, this is.|
There’s nothing ill will about making your own extracts. My vanilla experiment is coming along nicely at the one week mark. I have high hopes for it to turn out well over the next 3 months.
I now have it in my head to make other extracts. There is clove, cinnamon, you name it… The first on my list (after the vanilla) is cardamom. This one only takes a few days too, unlike the vanilla.
Cardamom is a Middle Eastern/Indian spice that has a very wonderful aromatic scent. Interestingly it is also common in Scandinavian baking. This was due to the oceanic adventures of the Vikings. I have used cardamom powder in sweet rolls with glaze before and the flavour was amazing.
Pure cardamom extract is not inexpensive. 3 fl. oz on Amazon cost $12 USD. To make it, I discovered, is inexpensive.
This recipe makes the same volume as I found on Amazon. To make around 1/3 cup only takes 1/2 cup of vodka and 1/4 cup cardamom. Buy the spice at the bulk food store and you only pay pennies. 1/2 cup of vodka is probably about $3.50. That’s quite a saving. So about $4 as opposed to $12.
|Squeeze the seeds to get as much liquid out as possible.|
This extract is going to be fantastic in baked goods like my sweet rolls, or cookies, cakes or even squares. I have already used it in a recipe I will post in a day or two.
Homemade cardamom extract is a little less strong than vanilla so you may need to add a little more, but at the cost to make it that is no problem.
Stay tuned for more extracts in the future. Absolutely.
Prep: 5 min | Steep 2-3 days
1/4 cup green cardamom pods
1/2 cup vodka
Crush the green pods in a bag with a rolling pin. Combine the crushed cardamom with the vodka in a jar. Let steep for 2-3 days only. Any longer and the extract runs the risk of becoming bitter.
Strain through fine cotton cloth.
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