Cardamom Shortbread

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The colorful bazaars, the beautiful mosques and the gorgeous Bosphorus river; Istanbul is a place filled with culture and never-ending beauty. Last April I had the opportunity to visit this marvelous city and could not get enough of it.

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The Blue Mosque
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Sailing on the Bosphorus

Of course, in addition to the eye-catching architecture and the tourist sites, the next best thing in Istanbul is the Turkish cuisine. Turkish cuisine originated from the Ottoman period and is a fusion of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Central Asian and Balkan cuisine.

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Delicious Turkish Delights

We went for dinner at Tugra, a restaurant at Ciragan Palace Kempinski. The food was beyond this world. I tried the lentil and chickpea soup and vegetable skewers with pita. The main ingredients in Turkish food are the fragrant and colorful spices and a good place to find them is the Spice Market.

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Istanbul Spice Bazaar

Lastly, the one thing I loved about Turkey was the Turkish tea. It is the second most consumed beverage in the country, after water! It is generally served without milk in a glass cup.

Today’s post is inspired by tea. While thinking about Turkish tea, I thought I would make something that would be a good tea time snack. Here is the recipe for Cardamom Shortbread.

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Cardamom Shortbread

Serving size: 15 – 20 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter (soft)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cardamom powder (or cardamom essence)
Handful of sliced almonds or pistachios

shortbread 3  Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking tray with parchment paper
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and knead the dough until smooth
  3. Form equal sized balls and slightly flatten. Place the uncooked dough balls on the baking tray. Sprinkle the almonds or pistachios on top
  4. Bake in the oven for 10-12 mins or until they turn a light golden color
  5. Remove from baking tray and transfer to a cooling rack. Shortbread can then be enjoyed at room temperature

Serving Suggestion: Serve with tea or coffee

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