Saffron and vanilla are among the world’s most expensive spices. That’s a given.
But can you guess what the third most pricey one is?
Like the other two, it owes its hefty price tag to the fact that it has to be harvested by hand.
Thankfully, a little goes a long way, so you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy it.
While it’s used in a lot of savory dishes, especially in Indian cuisine, I especially love it in baked goods. Its flavor — sort of like sweet cinnamon and ginger crossed with citrus and mint.
So it’s no wonder that “Sweet Buns with Cardamom” jumped out at me immediately in the new cookbook, “North Wild Kitchen: Home Cooking From the Heart of Norway” (Prestel), of which I received a review copy. It is by Nevada Berg, who created the blog of the same name, which was named by Saveur magazine as “2016 Blog of the Year.”