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Toasted Cardamom Pound Cake

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This recipe is an adaptation of "sour cream pound cake cockaigne" from Joy of Cooking. With the addition of vanilla beans and ground toasted cardamom, it becomes a softly aromatic spice cake.

To toast the cardamom, crack the pods slightly and toast in a hot pan until the skins darken slightly. Allow the pods to cool, remove the seeds from their pods, and grind the seeds until finely ground. Sift the ground cardamom to remove any large particles.

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