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Black Sesame and Lime Cake from The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan

Sometimes you see a picture in a cookbook, and you know right then you have to make it. So the top picture here is from The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan. She started life in India but ended up a finalist on cooking shows in England. She always loved baking and she grew up with…

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TBT Recipe: Olive Oil Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Ordinarily, I want my cake made with butter and not oil. It’s a personal preference matter. I just find oil-based cakes to be less attractive in terms of taste and texture. Except for olive oil cakes. Somehow a good olive oil seems to shine in creating a very special density and texture that I love…

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Cake of Parsnip, Apple, Pecan and Maple Syrup from Big Flavors from a Small Kitchen

Yes, parsnips for dessert. I’m fine. Really. No need to adjust my meds. Taste buds are fine. I’m looking forward to spring. But in the lingering days of winter, there is the possibility here to do wonderful things with interesting foods. Have you ever in your life eaten a parsnip? In a soup? As part…

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Pear and Cardamom Caramel Upside-Down Cake from The Cardamom Trail

When you open the pages of a new cookbook, that first recipe can make an important statement. That certainly happens in The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan. This upside-down cake is a beauty to behold, exotically rich to the eye and surely to the palate. I happen to be a sucker for upside-down cakes. I’m…

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