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27 May 2015

Cardamom & Black Pepper Biscuits

Photo: © childsdesign
We love the perfumed taste of green cardamom and it sneaks into our baking on a regular basis although preparing it can be a little laborious.

Ground cardamom seems hard to come by and we’re not convinced it would keep so well anyway, so whole pods need to be ground and sieved before we can use them.
Finally our baking has been blessed with the arrival of Holy Lama Naturals' Spice Drops which come in a convenient bottle with dropper. Made from real cardamom the extract is perfectly concentrated to deliver the right amount of flavour.

Photo: © Holy Lama Naturals
The Spice Drops proved to be a real
success when making these biscuits and
you’d never know that actual cardamom pods hadn’t been used.
We paired the fragrant flavour with the spike of aromatic black pepper for an interesting and exciting combination. It is good to have coarse pepper so that you get little hits of spice as you eat the biscuits.
The biscuits are great partners with vanilla ice cream, strawberries or rhubarb compote or simply with a cup of tea or coffee.


Preheat the oven to 190C / 375F / Gas 5.
Lightly grease a baking sheet or cover with baking parchment.

In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar and black pepper together.
Add the butter and Cardamom Spice Drops and rub in working well with your hands until the mixture starts to clump together.
Knead the dough until it becomes a smooth ball and no cracks appear.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface (or in between two pieces of cling film) until 5mm thick.
Cut the dough into rectangular finger shapes about 2.5 x 8cm in size – a pizza cutting wheel is ideal for this, or you could stamp out using a cookie cutter.
Prick the biscuits with a fork.

Place on the baking sheet about 2cm apart and put in the oven and bake until light golden brown for about 15-20 minutes.
When they're baked take out of the oven and allow to cool slightly before carefully removing them with a palette knife and placing on a wire rack to cool.

Store in airtight container.

We are pleased to award Holy Lama Naturals our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Cardamom Spice Drops.

To find out more about Holy Lama Naturals visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here.

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