Cardamom Date Squares


Cardamom Date Squares
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Servings Prep Time
36 squares 40 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
36 squares 40 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Cardamom Date Squares
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
36 squares 40 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
36 squares 40 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: squares
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and lightly butter a 9"x9" baking pan. Line bottom and two sides with parchment, allowing a slight overhang.
  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat combine dates, granulated sugar, orange juice and water. Allow to come to a simmer and cook uncovered for 8-10 until soft and jammy. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cardamom, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter using your fingers or pastry cutter until well combined and mixture holds together when lightly squeezed.
  4. Evenly press a generous half of oat mixture (about 3 cups) into the bottom of prepared pan. Spread dates evenly over oats. Add remaining oat mixture, pressing slightly. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Remove from pan by lifting the overhanging parchment and cut into desired squares.

Spiced Banana Tarte Tatin

Banana slices baked with brown sugar, butter and spices, topped with puff pastry.
Spiced Banana Tarte Tatin
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Banana slices baked with brown sugar, spices and butter, topped with golden puff pastry.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Banana slices baked with brown sugar, butter and spices, topped with puff pastry.
Spiced Banana Tarte Tatin
Print Recipe
Banana slices baked with brown sugar, spices and butter, topped with golden puff pastry.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. In a small bowl combine brown sugar and spices. Smear 1 tbsp of butter onto the bottom of each 5" round x 1" high ramekin. Sprinkle an approximate 2 tbsp brown sugar spice mix over butter. Slice bananas into approximate 1/8" slices and arrange in a concentric circle over the brown sugar, overlapping each slice just slightly. Drizzle 1 tsp rum evenly over bananas.
  2. Cut puff pastry rounds to fit the ramekin and prick with a fork. Lay pastry over bananas, tucking in the edges. Arrange ramekins on a large cookie sheet to catch any drips. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes until puff pastry is puffed and golden. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 1-2 minutes. Invert each ramekin onto serving plate and serve with vanilla or caramel ice cream.

Cardamom Banana Bread French Toast

Cardamom banana bread, laced with cardamom, studded with pecans, dunked in eggs and cream and fried golden.
Cardamom Banana Bread French Toast
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A yeasted banana bread laced with cardamom and studded with pecans, made into golden french toast.
Servings
8 slices
Servings
8 slices
Cardamom banana bread, laced with cardamom, studded with pecans, dunked in eggs and cream and fried golden.
Cardamom Banana Bread French Toast
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A yeasted banana bread laced with cardamom and studded with pecans, made into golden french toast.
Servings
8 slices
Servings
8 slices
Ingredients
Yeasted Banana Bread with Cardamom
French Toast
Servings: slices
Instructions
Yeasted Banana Bread with Cardamom
  1. Preheat oven to 85℉. Mash bananas in the bottom of a stand mixer bowl, add water, honey and yeast. Allow to ferment for 10 minutes. Stir in 1 egg, butter, milk powder, salt, cardamom, and 2 cups of flour. Add an additional 1/2 cup flour and using a dough hook, knead until flour is incorporated. Knead in flour by the 1/4 cup ensuring flour is absorbed after each addition before adding more. Add flour and continue to knead until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Add pecans and knead until evenly distributed. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and allow to rise at 85℉ or room temperature until double in size, approximately 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Deflate dough by kneading 2-3 times. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces and roll each piece into an approximate 15 inch rope. Place ropes parallel to each other on a parchment lined baking sheet. Braid the 3 ropes together tucking in both ends. Cover with plastic wrap or damp kitchen towel and allow to rise until almost double in size, approximately 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350℉. Place oven rack in the middle of the oven. Whisk egg with 1 tbsp of water and brush evenly onto braided loaf. Bake for 35 minutes or an internal temperature of 200℉ is reached. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack prior to slicing.
French Toast
  1. Preheat oven to 200℉. In a shallow dish whisk eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, cardamom and salt. Cut bread into 3/4 inch slices. Heat a large non stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add 1 tbsp of oil. Dip each bread slice into egg mixture and allow to sit for 20 seconds per side. Add to hot skillet and cook for approximately 4 minutes per side. Transfer to plate and keep warm in preheated oven. Repeat with remaining bread and egg mixture.
  2. Top french toast with fresh banana slices and pure maple syrup. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Make bread the day before intending to make french toast. I used two baking sheets, one directly on top of the other creating a thicker base to prevent the bottom from becoming too dark.