There is a programme that I long for each summer. I count down the weeks until the first episode. When those rhythmic violins begin and the chocolate cake with raspberries on top appears I become tearful (yes, tearful, so what?) with intense excitement and anticipation. I watch on a Wednesday night with Twitter, then I watch the repeat without distraction on a Sunday afternoon to absorb each bakey moment (doesn’t everyone?)
I’m a full-blown, card-carrying Great British Bakeoff fangirl and I’m not even remotely ashamed of it.
So, this is one of the most thrilling blogposts I have ever typed. I was going to pretend to be nonchalant-phooey to that. I baked with Chetna Makan from GBBO ’14 (remember her tantalisingly delicious-sounding spice combinations?) and we made a video. I am giddy beyond all reason. So, over to Chetna (I KNOW!):
Hurrah! If you don’t have a muffin tin with removable bases then simply insert a folded piece of baking parchment into the recesses before placing the orange slices and cake mixture in. Alternatively Chetna assures me that this mixture would work wonderfully as one large cake – simple place the orange slices in the base of a greased lined tin before spooning in the mixture.
This was SUCH a huge treat and Chetna is as lovely as you may remember, truly. I can confirm that I was very helpful in Chetna’s kitchen, tidying up after we baked and everything*.
Chetna’s recipes are flavourful and delicious (as you will remember from The Bakeoff) and her Youtube channel is absolutely packed with them ( I highly recommend it-pop over to subscribe). Chetna’s gorgeous version of the takeaway classic Butter Chicken is next on my list to make.
Thrillingly Chetna has written a book, out on 21st April called The Cardamom Trail. I was allowed a sneak peek and it’s a thing of great beauty – truly the styling and colour in this book are absolutely stunning (see below) and it’s packed with Chetna’s original cake recipes as well as her versions of delicious Indian snacks and curries. You can preorder it here.
If you fancy making Chetna’s orange and almond cakes as shown in the video then please share a picture on Twitter or instagram with the hashtag #chetnascake. We’d LOVE to see.
*dilligently and tirelessly eating the leftover bits of cake that Chetna sliced off in the video *virtuous face*