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These three layers of flavors come together beautifully….cardamom, orange and hazelnut. You can taste each layer distinctively yet they meld together perfectly.
Cardamom is a fairly new spice to me and now I just love it! Did you know that cardamom contains chemicals that appear to treat stomach and intestinal spasms and gas, as well as increase the movement of food through the intestine. Oh my gosh, where has this been all my life! Cardamom comes dried (ground) or fresh. Keep in mind that the ground cardamom has less flavor than the fresh. A little goes a long way. I used ground for this recipe, but one day I hope to try the fresh.
Hazelnuts are one of those under used and under appreciated nuts, if you ask me. By the way they are also known as filberts. This nut falls out of the husk when ripe, about seven to eight months after pollination. They can be used raw or roasted, or ground into a paste, and are rich in protein and unsaturated fat. Moreover, they contain significant amounts of thiamine and vitamin B6, as well as smaller amounts of other B vitamins.
This cracker recipe creates a firm, thick cracker that is light in weight but not in flavor. It tastes great alone but I knew I just had to create a spread to compliment it. I used raw coconut butter as the base so it is soft, at room temperature but once chilled, it firms up nice and solid… which was a great discovery for another day. I hope you enjoy this recipe.
Butter Orange Spread: