14th c. Poudre Douce
INGREDIENTS: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Sugar
Step back in time to medieval Europe with the aromatic and flavorful spice blend known as Poudre Douce. This "Sweet Powder" was a staple seasoning in medieval kitchens and has since become a beloved ingredient in modern cuisine.
The blend consists of five simple ingredients: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and sugar. Each component plays an important role in creating the unique and delicious flavor of Poudre Douce.
Cinnamon adds a sweet and slightly spicy flavor to the blend, while cloves provide a warm and slightly bitter taste. Ginger adds a slightly pungent, yet sweet flavor, and nutmeg contributes a nutty and slightly sweet taste with a hint of warmth. Finally, sugar provides sweetness to the blend and helps to balance out the flavors of the other spices.
Poudre Douce is an incredibly versatile spice blend that can be used in a variety of dishes. It can be used as a replacement for cinnamon in any sweet dish, and it is also an excellent addition to sauces and stews. It is particularly well-suited for use in sweet desserts, adding a delicious and unique flavor to cakes, cookies, and other baked goods.
Experience the flavor of medieval Europe with Poudre Douce. Add it to your pantry and bring the delicious taste of this ancient spice blend to your modern-day dishes.
Poudre Douce Apple Tart
1 refrigerated pie crust
4 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp Poudre Douce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp coarse sugar
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
Roll out the refrigerated pie crust and place it into a 9-inch tart pan. Trim the edges and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples, brown sugar, flour, Poudre Douce, and salt. Toss to coat the apples evenly.
Pour the apple mixture into the prepared crust and spread it out evenly.
Drizzle the melted butter over the top of the apples.
Brush the edges of the crust with the beaten egg, and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are tender.
Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Here are some recipe suggestions that incorporate the Pouldre Douce spice blend:
- Pouldre Douce French Toast: Mix together eggs, milk, and the Pouldre Douce spice blend. Dip bread slices into the mixture, then cook on a griddle until golden brown. Serve with maple syrup.
- Pouldre Douce Oatmeal: Cook rolled oats with milk, chopped nuts, and the Pouldre Douce spice blend. Top with sliced apples and a drizzle of honey.
- Pouldre Douce Spiced Apple Pie: Mix together diced apples, sugar, flour, and the Pouldre Douce spice blend. Pour into a pie crust, then bake in the oven until golden brown.
- Pouldre Douce Carrot Soup: Cook diced carrots with onion and chicken broth, then puree with a splash of cream and the Pouldre Douce spice blend. Serve with a slice of bread.
- Pouldre Douce Grilled Cheese: Fill a grilled cheese sandwich with sliced cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of the Pouldre Douce spice blend.
- Pouldre Douce Spiced Roast Chicken: Rub chicken with olive oil and the Pouldre Douce spice blend, then roast in the oven until cooked through. Serve with a side of roasted vegetables.
- Pouldre Douce Beef Stew: Cook diced beef with onion and garlic in a pot with beef broth, diced potatoes, and the Pouldre Douce spice blend. Simmer until the flavors meld together, then serve with a slice of bread.
Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Sugar
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