Sweets Inspired by the Flavors of India

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Milk & Cardamom: Spectacular Cakes, Custards
and More, Inspired by the Flavors of India

By Hetal Vasavada
(Page Street, 2019)
San Francisco blogger Hetal Vasavada’s wonderfully inventive new cookbook is chock-full of spiced sweets and drinks. The recipes are inspired by her Indian-American heritage, and she creatively combines the best of confections from both culinary worlds.  Here are some from among the many colorful, alluring recipes that are not to be missed:

  • Orange, Almond, and Date Bites sweetened with honey and maple syrup
  • A non-traditional Eton Mess (traditional English dessert) with Rhubarb-Rose Compote and Coconut Cream
  • A traditional Indian burfi, a bar made from condensed milk and sugar, this one enhanced with chocolate, coconut, and cardamom
  • Mango Lassi French Macarons with Ginger–Chai Chocolate
  • Daulat Ki Chaat Cream Puffs, which are made by filling choux pastry shells with saffron-scented whipped cream.

Though they taste subtle and complex, most recipes don’t require more than half a dozen ingredients —mainly a lot of nuts, spices, fruits, and various sweeteners. And they’re as easy to prepare as treats like chocolate chip cookies and brownies. milkandcardomom.com
Meet author Hetal Vasavada
Thursday September 5, 7pm
Books Inc.
1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Info: here
Edible East Bay’s book editor Kristina Sepetys is eager to share her ideas and book recommendations with our readers.