I absolutely love Moroccan food! I will let you know a little later about my sentimental connection to Moroccan food. Today however, I will be sharing a remix of one of my favorite Moroccan spices to a form more suitable for sweets: my sweet Ras El Hanout spice mix! Ras El Hanout is a Moroccan spice mix that is pretty similar to Garam Masala. It is a customizable mixture of spices, that is typically used in savory dishes… well, since I am not typical, I decided to come up with a mixture that is more suited for sweets and desserts. I will be sharing a carrot cake recipe using this sweet Ras El Hanout spice mix tomorrow, but I don’t want you to just pick up any ready made Ras El Hanout because that would lead to a funny tasting cake. This sweet spice blend will give you the perfect combination that will be add a depth of flavor to your deserts, without making it taste like curry.
You can tweak this recipe to your taste and can omit certain spices if you do not like them, or they are not available to you; however, I would be cautious about changing the portions and adding new spices. For instance, I would advise against substituting green cardamom for black cardamom, since black cardamom is more savory than sweet. Also, adding more cloves could edge this sweet spice blend towards a more medicinal taste… so I’ll recommend some caution in your creativity. Of course since it’s a free world and I am just a random experienced kitchen maestro on the internet… feel free to experiment as much as you want!
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Sweet Ras El Hanout
- 3 parts Ginger powder
- 2 parts Green cardamon pods
- 2 parts Cinnamon
- 2 parts Nutmeg
- 2 parts Allspice berries whole all spice
- 1 part Cloves
- Toast the whole spices (except the ginger powder obviously) over low to medium heat until it is fragrant.
- Allow the spices to cool , and then grind them in a spice grinder until it is fine.
- Mix the ginger powder with the other spices, and sift.
- Store the spices in a clean dry airtight container until you are ready to use.