Are You Curious How Versatile Cardamom Is?

Cardamon-rolls-baking-whatsonthelistAre You Curious How Versatile Cardamom Is?

I am!

I am VERY excited to be sharing this first Ssshhh Cooking Secretly Challenge with you thanks to Priya from Priya’s Versatile Recipes “adding a pinch of love to everyday cooking.”

Thank you to Divya from Divya’s Culinary Journey for creating the wonderful logo.
Secret-cooking-logo-whatsonthelistMembers worldwide express interest to join.

The members are then split into pairs where the two new partners discuss what ingredient that can both make to try and surprise people; so that the secret ingredient is not overly obvious.

Partners can decide to make one recipe that they both make the same recipe or as our very creative team did, we decided one ingredient would be cooked and the other recipe baked.

Are You Curious How Versatile Cardamom Is?

Priya created this challenge to allow members to get to know other food blogger friends.

The challenge is about “cooking, chit chat and meeting a new food friend along the way!”

I think it is a terrific challenge and what a fun way to meet a new food friend.

I would like to introduce my partner Amrita from The Food Samaritan.

Amrita and I discussed numerous ingredients that we both cook and or bake.

The challenge was to create something a little but different, unusual and interesting to those who might venture a guess at our hidden secret ingredient.

We initially discussed Basbousa aka as hareesa aka ravani which is a sweet cake made from semolina that is soaked in a sugar syrup.

We discussed with this we could make Sooji ka Halwa; I had not heard of but was curious about!

Sooji ka Halwa is a very popular sweet dish in India that is usually made on religious occasions as an offering to God.

Both Amrita and I thought it would be fun using the same ingredient and perhaps not many people may know the secret ingredient.

I really enjoyed learning heaps in the process of being introduced to Amrita; so thank you Priya as this was a very fun challenge that I am glad Amrita and I have now completed.

Are You Curious How Versatile Cardamom Is?

I think you are by now!

Amrita created Coconut Rajma (Kidney Bean Curry) from Hetal and Anuja’s blog Show Me The Curry.

Curry                        Photo Courtesy of Amrita The Food Samaritan

Amrita and I decided one would cook and the other would bake with the same ingredient which you know by now as cardamom.

No recipe is really an original.

While I was researching online, I can across Jean’s Cardamon Rolls from Alba Living.

I really enjoyed the step by step photos as they were inspiring to me.

I slightly adapted the recipe as I wanted to use up some sultanas I had from The Butterfingers Princess Tart and Hot Cross Buns Comes to Adelaide and from……oops, I almost gave away one of my Easter secrets!
Ricotta-tart-whatsonthelistLook forward to what else that includes sultanas comes your way!

Joanna's Cardamom Fruit Rolls
#easy #entertaining #breakfast #brunch #cardamon #sultanas #fruit #rolls #sweet
Recipe type: Baking
  • For the Dough
  • 1½ tablespoon active yeast
  • 100 grams unsalted butter
  • 500 ml milk, warmed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups bakers flour
  • For the Filling
  • 150 grams unsalted butter, melted
  • 70 grams sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cardamon
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 egg beaten for egg wash
  • icing sugar and water slurry for drizzle (optional but recommended)
  • additional flour for surface
  • oil spray
  1. For the Dough
  2. In a stand up mixer, place yeast.
  3. In a large saucepan on the stove, melt butter; whisk in milk and remove when milk is warmed.
  4. Add a small amount of the melted mixture with the yeast to dissolve.
  5. Add remaining melted mixture.
  6. Add salt and sugar; combine.
  7. Slowly add flour for about 5 minutes; dough will come away from the sides; remove to lightly floured flat surface; knead additional 2 minutes.
  8. Place dough in an oiled bowl; cover with plastic wrap for 45 minutes.
  9. For the Filling
  10. In a medium bowl, combine room temperature butter, sugar and cardamon; combine well with the back of a fork; set aside.
  11. Assembly
  12. On a slightly floured surface or on a non-stick mat, roll out dough to a rectangle to about 55 mm or ¼ inch thick.
  13. Add the butter-sugar-cardamon mixture over the entire dough.
  14. Fold the dough in half pulling the far end towards you.
  15. Cut ribbons 5 mm or ¼ inch thick, 5 at a time.
  16. Twist in length; fold dough into a knot.
  17. Place on a slightly oiled baking tray; cover with a tea towel and let rise for about 20 minutes.
  18. Pre-heat oven to 250C.
  19. Brush beaten egg over rolls and bake for about 5 - 7 minutes.
  20. Remove from oven when done; place on a wire rack; drizzle with icing mixture.
  21. ENJOY!
If you have any difficult dissolving the yeast, once you added the milk butter melted mixture, strain entire contents with a Chux.
The dough will be very sticky.
If rolls start to burn too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.
Can be frozen & thawed to serve or in a warm oven.
Rolls prepared two ways; personal preference.

Have you learned something new today?

Do you have a favorite recipe using cardamom?

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  1. Wow Joanne, I am really impressed with your post !! Very detailed and the way you have narrated the whole experience with the challenge.. I am truely impressed 🙂

    Lovely recipe, a keeper certainly !

  2. Hi! What a great idea! Thanks for stopping by #TheWeekendSocial and linking up! I have pinned, stumbled and shared your link across social media. I hope to see you again next week!

  3. What gorgeous fruit rolls, Joanne! I love the warmth of cardamom and the sweetness added with the golden sultanas. Pinning this one on my Recipes to Try board!

  4. G’day Joanne, what a interesting challenge. The rolls sounds delicious, and I must admit I don’t think I’ve ever tasted cardamom. I’ll have to do some investigating and look into using it.

  5. You would know Joanne that I’ve never heard of it! LOL!!! Yep, you also know I’m not a cook. I can but I don’t for the most part.

    I will say though that all the photos you shared here look really good and your recipe does as well. Glad you’re having fun with this and meeting some new food bloggers. I think that’s almost even more fun, that and talking about your recipes.

    Happy creating!


  6. Awesome challenge to force you to use an ingredient outside your comfort zone. I was actually going to experiment with cardamon cookies this weekend so I was excited to see this post on Let’s Get Real link up so thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi Joanne! I ADORE cardamom and especially in baking, and your wee rolls look and sound VERY tempting too! I also LOVE cardamom in coffee, served North African style! Have a WONDERFUL Easter weekend, Karen

  8. Omg, wat a wonderful rolls they are just asking me to grab some and have rite now Joanne, well done and am happy you have loads of fun with the challenge.

  9. I might have to do a little Cardamom experimentation now. I have some, I just never really have played with it. 🙂 You have challenged me to spice outside the box.