Saffron & Cardamom Bars

Like Vanilla & Cinnamon are essence of any dessert in the west ,Saffron & Cardamom are hearts of any sweets in India.
 The combination of saffron & cardamom are heavenly.

I try to incorporate these two flavors in each dessert as K loves these flavors.

This melt in mouth bars are addictive . Simple & easy to prepare & a crowd pleaser.

Serves : Approx 12 -14  Bars (depending on the size of your tray)

75 gm self raising flour
1  egg
4 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp unsalted butter
3 -4 Green Cardamom crushed ( We only want seeds)

210 gm Cream Cheese
2 eggs
1/2 tin Condense milk
1/2 tsp crushed saffron.

 You will need an 8 inch Baking tray.


  1. To prepare the base, mix together ingredient I & spread it out evenly on a tray.
  2. Now in a separate bowl mix ingredient II.
  3. Pour over the prepared cake base.
  4. Bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes or till the toothpick inserted comes clean.
  5. Cool completely.Cut into squares before serving
  6. Consume within 3 days.
Note: For best square bar results put it in freezer for 20 min before cutting.

38 thoughts on “Saffron & Cardamom Bars

  1. Ahh such simple post :) I love this combo of flavors too, Gives such authentic taste to any sweets prepared. Since cream cheese is not easily available in India, What can be substitute to it?
  2. Thanks Aara. I used Hung curd instead of cream cheese in India. Why don't you try out & let me know. But bake the base separately. OR For the top filling, you can go with white chocolate + cream and flavor with saffron. Refrigerate for few hours. But this will be called a Nougat bar.
  3. Hi Humi,

    I like the way how you relates saffron and cardamon with vanilla and cinnamon :D Smart saying!

    In regardless east or west, Indian or not, I'm loving all these spices. I can imagine your saffron and cardamon bars must be very fragrant.


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