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Cardamom Rosewater Iced Tea

From: Food & Wine Magazine
Serves: 8

½ C    Green cardamom pods
12       Black tea bags
½ C    Honey

¾ C    Heavy cream
8        Drops rosewater
Ice

In a small skillet, toast the cardamom pods over moderate heat, stirring until very fragrant and deep golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Add the tea bags and 8 cups of hot water, let steep for 15 minutes. Strain the tea into a bowl and stir in the honey. Cover and refrigerate until cold.

Pour the tea into 8 ice-filled glasses. Top each serving with 1½ Tbsp of heavy cream and 1 drop of rosewater.

SCONES WITH CINNAMON & CARDAMOM

½ C        Whole milk
1              Egg, large
1 tsp       Vanilla extract
3 Tbsp   Brown sugar, light
2 C         Flour, all-purpose
3 tsp      Baking powder
6 Tbsp   Butter, unsalted, cut into pieces
½ tsp     Sea salt, fine ground
2 tsp      Cardamom, ground
¼ tsp      Mace, ground
2 tsp       Chinese cinnamon, ground
2 tsp        Lemon zest, freshly grated
1 oz          Pine nuts, toasted
Coarse sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 400˚F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla until well combined. In a sepearate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamom, mace, cinnamon and lemon zest. Cut the butter into the flour using 2 forks. Do not use your hands, as this will melt the butter.  Stir in the milk mixture and half of the pine nuts with a wooden spoon until it begins to form dough. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead gently by folding several times.

Lightly press the scone dough into a 1 inch thick round. Use a fluted or round cutter to cut out the scones. Transfer the scones to an ungreased baking sheet and press the remaining pine nuts gently into the top of eac scone. Brush scones with a littl emilk, sprinkle with the coarse sugar and bake for 10-15 minutes or until risen and golden. Remove from baking sheet and cool slightly to serve. 

FORBIDDEN RICE FEAST

2 Tbsp    Ghee
1 Lg    Shallot, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp    Ginger, peeled & minced
2 C    Forbidden black rice, rinsed & drained
1 Tbsp    Green cardamom pods, cracked
Sea Salt
Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish

In a medium saucepan, heat the ghee. Add the shallot and ginger and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the rice and cardamom and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add 3 cups of water and a generous pinch of sea salt, bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steam for 15 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and season with salt. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with sliced scallions and serve.

 

CHAI TEA

Serves 4-6

2-inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp black peppercorn
10 whole cloves
6 cardamom pods
6 cups cold water
6 bags black tea (preferably Darjeeling)
1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
Milk to taste & preference* 

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a sturdy bowl or mortar/pestle. Lightly crush spices. (The more they are crushed the spicier the flavor). Transfer spices to medium saucepan and add 6 cups of water.  Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and partially cover saucepan.  Simmer gently 10 minutes. Remove from heat.  Add tea bags and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add sugar, stir to dissolve. Strain chai into teapot or serving vessel. Add milk to personal preference. 
*Recipe was tested with Vanilla Almond Milk with great results.