A slice of spice: Chetna Makan’s easy baking recipes

Traditional favourites are given a flavourful twist in these imaginative creations from Bake Off champion Chetna Makan

Pineapple elderflower cake recipe

I have a soft spot for pineapple cake. It was the most popular at the bakeries in Jabalpur: a
light, eggless sponge with fresh cream and pineapple on top. I have tried to make it at home but it’s not the same. So I have made my own version, adding the pineapple to the
cake and, since I have elderflower in my garden, I have incorporated it here to lend a summery, floral note. This cake is so light and refreshing that you might find it serves far
fewer people than I say!

pineapple elderflower cake
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Masala chai tres leches cake recipe

Here I have combined one of my favourite cakes with one of my favourite flavours.

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Cherry, almond and honey upside-down cake recipe

Living in Kent I am very lucky to have an abundance of cherries in the season and, as much as I like to enjoy them as is, they are great in bakes too. This very delicately flavoured cake is a crowd-pleaser. Not only is it easy to make, it also somehow tastes of long summer evenings. Enjoy warm with a scoop of ice cream, or serve with crème fraîche.

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Chilli naan pizza recipe

chilli naan pizza recipe

I love the texture of naan dough and the cheesy topping of pizza, so it makes sense for me to present this naan-pizza combination. Here I use my favourite coriander chutney with the cheese, but feel free to add your chosen toppings. You can cook the breads a few hours in advance and grill with the cheese topping just before serving.

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Coriander chutney recipe

This is cooked with a base of lentils, ginger and garlic and a few more things that marry well.

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Potato curry puffs recipe

You will find many variations of curry puffs from different parts of the world, though where I come from we call them vegetable patties. In this recipe I use only potatoes, instead of mixed vegetables. The curry powder is the main flavour, marrying well with the coconut cream, while puff pastry is the perfect carrier for this delicious filling.

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Our recipes are taken from Chetna’s Easy Baking by Chetna Makan, published by Octopus, £20. To order a copy for £17 until 26 June, go to mailshop.co.uk/books*