If we were to choose the infused syrup that showed the most versatility, it would have to be the Cardamom Infused Maple. Desserts, pancakes, stir frys, roasted vegetables, cocktails – this syrup is good for all. Though hard to describe the flavor, when mixed with maple syrup, cardamom tastes of rich oak, with notes of mint and lemon. It is a warm spice that blends well with other flavors. After trying the spice from several different regions, we found Guatemalan cardamom gave us the best results.
It works well in a marinade, being a good team player with oil and vinegar. Our go-to summer recipe is this Grilled Cardamom Chicken which gets a good soaking in lemon, oil, red pepper flakes, and Cardamom Maple after it comes off the grill.
The Cardamom Infused Maple Syrup also makes for the world’s easiest stir fry sauce when you combine equal parts Cardamom Maple with soy sauce. We put it on shrimp for this Soy Cardamom Glaze recipe but it will work just as well with pork or chicken.
Also in the category of best-you’ve-ever-tried, is using it on roasted winter squash and other vegetables. Maple syrup in roasted acorn or delicata squash is a tried and true recipe but next time, try the Cardamom Infused with a little pat of butter and you will never go back. Another good candidate is roasted turnips. I’m sorry, did you say you don’t like turnips? Yes, you do, as soon as you try these Roasted Turnips with Maple Cardamom.
Being a maple syrup, we do, of course, recommend it on pancakes and dessert things. Given it has some spice to it, the Cardamom Infused Maple is really complementary to a whole-grain type of pancake like these Lot-O-Grain Pancakes. It is also our recommended syrup to pour over the Dutch Baby (dessert, not infant) that we concocted with pears. We’ve also found it is one of several good candidates as a glaze for these Maple Pecan Cookies.
When it comes to cocktails, cardamom does very well mixed with whiskey, particularly rye. We have two excellent drinks that use rye with the Cardamom Infused on our website, one complex, and one simple. But it is also an important ingredient in some classics like the Runamok Glogg , Maple Cardamom Eggnog , and Chai. And then we have this odd little cocktail that sounds strange, with rum, port and lime juice, but is actually quite good.
In short, this gem can be used in all sorts of different ways in the kitchen. To find even more, just type ‘cardamom’ into the search bar of our website or filter by flavor and prepare to be dazzled.