Buy whole green cardamom pods or seeds and grind your own for the freshest taste. If you purchase the pods, smash them on a cutting board to crack them open. Gather the seeds and grind them in a spice grinder. You won't believe the the slightly pungent aroma after a couple of seconds grinding!
The seeds can also be crushed between two spoons. A tablespoon of pods yields about 2 teaspoons of ground cardamom.
¼ cup warm water
½ cup sugar
¾ cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
½ teaspoon salt
½ to 1 teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds or ground cardamom
4 ½ cups bread flour
¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 beaten egg for glaze