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Behind the scenes of THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF

As Series 7 of GBBO grips the nation, former stars share their stories from the tent – including a few they’d prefer to forget. Most exciting of all, we managed to persuade each of them to create a new recipe, exclusively for delicious.

RECIPES CHETNA MAKAN, EDD KIMBER, MARTHA COLLISON AND JOHN WHAITE

Chetna Makan, semi-finalist in 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES “I’ve done quite a few stressful things in my life, but taking part in Bake Off was extreme. Week one was so difficult. You’re used to how your own oven works, but in the tent you don’t even know where the spoons are! And the time pressure is something else; when you’re cooking at home you’re on your own, but suddenly everyone is watching you and they see if you go wrong. But you soon get into the groove. I had so much fun baking with all those lovely people – we still meet up every few months.”

OUT-TAKE “It was a really hot summer when I was on the show. Remember that famous week when the baked alaska was thrown in the bin? Mine melted as well. It was the only time I cried in the tent. I wept on Mel’s shoulder, but it didn’t make the final edit, thankfully.”

WHAT CHETNA’S DOING NOW “My first book, The Cardamom Trail (£20; Mitchell Beazley), came out earlier this year. Now I’m really enjoying doing my cookery show Food With Chetna on YouTube.”

Chetna’s three chocolate and cardamom tart

SERVES 8-10. HANDS-ON TIME 45 MIN, OVEN TIME 30 MIN, PLUS CHILLING AND COOLING

Chetna’s three chocolate and cardamom tart
PHOTOGRAPHS MAJA SMEND FOOD STYLING LUCY O’REILLY STYLING LYDIA BRUN

“This easy-to-make tart is a favourite in our house. The flavour of the cardamom, the three types of chocolate and the crunch of the pastry are balanced by a layer of cream on top, finished with a scattering of toasted hazelnuts.”

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The new September issue of delicious. sees out the summer with healthy recipes from the sunny Med and dishes that keep the holiday feeling going. Diana Henry shares her simple cooking philosophy, Simon Hulstone adapts Michelin-star cooking for the home kitchen and we get the gossip and recipes from the Great British Bake Off stars. Plus, improve your cooking with a bagel masterclass, our sweet pastry guide and all our invaluable tips and advice.