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The Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes with Flavours of the East Hardcover – 21 Apr 2016

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 01 edition (21 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1784721298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1784721299
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Explore a myriad of flavours in this vibrant baking book from Chetna Makan of BBC1's The Great British Bake Off

About the Author

Chetna Makan was born in Jabalpur, an ancient city in central India. She has a degree in fashion and worked in Mumbai as a fashion designer before moving to the UK in 2003. Chetna reached the semi-final of The Great British Bake Off in 2014, and her first book, The Cardamom Trail, is a celebration of baking with Indian flavours. She has a very popular YouTube channel 'Food with Chetna' where she shares her creative flair for food.


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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2016
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I have never seen “The Great British Bake Off,” so do not know the author of this book. However, I love baking and I like the idea of mixing Western baked favourites with Indian spices. This beautifully designed book is split into: Cakes, Pies and Tarts, Sweet Things, Savoury Small Bites, Breads and Accompaniments.

This is full of the most gorgeous recipes, such as mango and praline éclairs, date and oat cookies, curry onion tart, raspberry biscuits with lemon coriander curd and lots more. There are also lots of nice chutney recipes, including a really unusual coconut chutney, which I loved. Full of glorious photographs, this is very good value for money. As well as being full of great recipes with a twist, this is also an interesting read, with lots of information on spices and the background on the recipes included. I do like recipe books that are fun to browse through and this is a great addition to my cookbooks.
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I wanted an introduction to baking with Indian spices, and that's exactly what I got!

I loved Chetna on the bake off, and was very excited to hear that she had released this book! It's beautifully produced and split into logical sections and lots of high quality pictures. The recipes are well written and provide enough information to produce great bakes, I also like the fact the book is interspersed with pages that describe the spices used. There's also a good mix of both sweet and savoury bakes.

So far I have made:

Nankhatai - delicious, yet incredibly simple spiced indian shortbread.
Coconut Ladoo - Indian sweets made with desiccated coconut and chocolate. Really tasty and they didn't last long in work!
Mango and Cardamom Cake - a beautiful fresh cream cake with fresh mangoes and a delicious cardamom flavour.
Chocolate and Coconut Cake - indulgent and tasty with lots of coconut! My partner loved it!

I definitely recommend this book!

I've included photos of the things I've baked so far. Some of the cake decoration differs slightly from the book, but that's just me putting my own twist on things!
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I am a bit suspicious of all the ‘Bake Off’ spin off products on the market, but this book is really worth a try. The illustrations are really food – which is very important for me when I am thinking about buying a recipe book rather than just looking things up on line. A lot of information and advice is given about using the spices included in the recipes for those who are unfamiliar with them.

I have tried a few of the recipes so far, including date and oat cookies, and the raspberry biscuits with lemon coriander, with great results. There are also lots of savoury recipes to try out. As with all great cookery books, the author is engaging and there is a lot of interesting text to accompany the actual recipes. This is a really lovely book to have and I will look forward to using it in future.
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A really good selection of familiar recipies with an Indian and or 'spicy' twist. Very few exotic ingredients required. Beautiful illustrations that make you want to cook. I have successfully varied some of the recipies to cater for Gluten Free requirements. Thouroughly recommended
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By Katfishh TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 May 2016
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This is an amazing book. It's absolutely beautiful in every way and makes a great coffee table talking piece.

The cover is beautifully illustrated and have a really high quality. The internal photography is stunning and you really can't wait to try all of the different recipes.

I have never actually used cardamine in sweet products before but when I tried several of these it reminded me very much of previous trips to India, as cardamon is actually used in many Indian sweets.

Although these are very easy to make they are actually very special cakes, perfect for special occasions.

We've now tried five or six of these recipes and so far all have been big hits out but my personal favorites are the pear and cardamom caramel upside-down cake.. which was divine! The mango cardamom and coconut cake... which we used as a birthday cake with rose petals on top, and one which really stands out for me: pistachio cardamom and white chocolate cake...omg!

This is a wonderful book with very easy instructions. I highly recommend this book
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I did watch the Great British Bake Off in which Chetna Makan took part and really enjoyed it. Chetna seems a really nice lady with lots of different ideas.
This book covers many spices, not just cardamom and although the majority of the recipes are for cakes and pastries there are savoury items as well.
The photographs are excellent.
Some of the recipes are a slight twist of something familiar others are quite a departure from the usual.
I bake once or twice a week and I cannot wait to try some of these out.
Here are some of the ones I will be trying soon (listed in the order they appear in the book):
Orange and Cinnamon Mini Cakes
Saffron Meringue Cake
Masala Chai Cake
Date Walnut and Nutmeg Cake
Peach Star Anise And Almond Tart
Degi Mirch Chicken Pie
Peanut Chocolate Brownies
Clove Cinnamon and Chocolate Cookies
Coriander Chicken Parcels
Buckwheat Potato Pakoras
Rajma Paratha
Chilli Chicken Wraps.
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