In regards to baking- I usually fail as much as I succeed. I guess it’s better than failing more than I succeed, but I still don’t exactly consider it a win. Because of this unfavorable ratio I’ve made it a habit to bake two things at once. One that I think has an interesting flavor profile but is a little ‘different’, and another that I’m about 90% sure is going to be awesome. Anticipating my failures means I almost always end up with at least one treat to offer.
This Saturday my two recipes on the table were cardamom muffins and a pistachio citrus pound cake. I was really excited about the muffins because aside from a batch of granola, I’ve never baked anything gluten free! It sounded delicious- toasted sesame seeds, honey, butter. What could go wrong? Well, if you don’t like cardamom, you probably wont like cardamom muffins. Fact.
I had never really used cardamom as a main ingredient so I was only half sure I would like it. Turns out I don’t. The recipe is solid though. The muffins have a great fluffy texture- very light. And they don’t leave you feeling weighed down after eating them- I just need to find a different spice. I’m thinking I’ll do a cinnamon, nutmeg, clove combo next time- that flavor combo is tried and true [recommendations welcome!].
The second dessert, the pound cake, was amazing. Very rich, very sweet, but I’m not complaining. The sweetness was cut a bit by the citrus juice, and the toasted pistachios were delicious. The five [five!] eggs make this pretty dense though so heed my warning and don’t slice more than you can chew!