Cardamom. Uniquely fragrant. Intensely spicy.
Also? Slightly numbing.
I really love the smoky cool flavor of cardamom, and when making this recipe I employed the not always successful process of “if a little is good, a lot is better!” In this case it was successful, these taste fantastic, and they also have a very fleeting and very slight numbing quality to them.
Many forms of cardamom have been used in traditional medicine for a number of ailments, so I think the numbing I feel is really more of a medicinal property than actual numbness. Still, it’s there, and it just adds another dimension to this primo dessert.
orange cardamom rice crispies
vegan, gluten free, dairy free
makes 9-12 squares
2 tablespoons butter (Earth Balance)
10 oz package marshmallows (Dandies vegan!)
zest of 1 orange
1-2 tablespoons cardamom
5 cups rice puffs
Zest the orange (grapefruit zest is good also), set aside. Melt butter in saucepan, add marshmallows. Stir over medium heat until melted, add cardamom. Remove from heat, add rice puffs, stir until combined. Add most of the orange zest, reserving a small amount for topping, mix completely. Press into prepared pan (9×9 square makes tall rice crispies!), top with remaining orange zest.
Zesty! The bright flavor and the colorful punch of the zest combines with the cardamom for a great result! A last grasp at summer with the citrus while welcoming fall flavors with the smoky cardamom equals pure bliss!
What are your favorite flavors to welcome fall?