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The Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes with Flavours of the East by Chetna Makan

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  • Peach and strawberry Swiss roll

    • Astrid5555 on June 18, 2016

      This is a lovely flavor combination with peaches, strawberries and a subtle cardamom taste which comes together in no time at all. The most time-consuming part is actually blanching, peeling and slicing the peaches. Big hit with the kids.

  • Savoury potato couronne

    • Carol.Furness on October 15, 2017

      This is really tasty and looks impressive. I used a Kashmiri Chutney that we buy from local Food Markets

  • Pistachio, cardamom and white chocolate cake

    • MmeFleiss on May 31, 2018

      The actual cake is kind of tasteless and blah. It was much improved by the frosting.

  • Chocolate and mango tart

    • Hannaha100 on November 17, 2016

      Second try at this worked well. Made dairy-free using sunflower spread for butter and soy cream. Pastry took about 5 mins less than specified. Filling needed slightly longer than specified to set. Try to puree (and sieve) mango and zest lemons in advance as this slowed me down. Ultimately it tasted good, filling is like a subtly flavoured mango custard and I enjoyed the mango/chocolate combination - a bit different. Sliced well but didn't travel well - a bit fragile!

  • Pear and cardamom upside-down cake

    • raybun on May 03, 2017

      We loved this. The pears and the almond sponge really absorb the cardamom infused caramel.

  • Cauliflower-stuffed naan

    • inflytur on May 31, 2018

      The cauliflower filling is delicious but next time I will use a naan recipe that includes yeast. The dough was really chewy, but not in a pleasant way.

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Reviews about this book

  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    A world of spice and delicious bakes from one of the stars of the Great British Bake-off.

    Full review
  • Maison Cupcake

    The former Bake Off contestant works the styles and flavours of her Indian homeland into an accessible book of baking recipes...saffron, tamarind and fenugreek also star.

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  • ISBN 10 1784721298
  • ISBN 13 9781784721299
  • Published Apr 21 2016
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 240
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Mitchell Beazley

Publishers Text


Chetna Makan is known for her unique recipes, which introduce colorful spices, aromatic herbs and other Indian ingredients into traditional Western baked favorites.

Whether it's a sponge cake with a cardamom and coffee filling; puff pastry bites filled with fenugreek paneer; a swirly bread rolled with citrusy coriander, mint and green mango chutney; or a steamed strawberry pudding flavoured with cinnamon, Chetna's Indian influences will transform your baking from the familiar to the exotic, from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Discover rare but precious traditional bakes from India, as well as new spice-infused recipes. Delve into the history of Indian herbs and spices and learn how to match foods and flavors.


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