Amman Gourmet Food Weekend.

Hello everybody.

Sorry again for this long absence,busy days and lots of events.

Latest one was my participation in Amman Gourmet Food Weekend at Zara Centre, a joyful event organized by iJordan. It was such a great successful bazzar full of yummy food and drinks and lots of amusement for all family members.

I shared a booth with my cousins from Irbid , we had lots of traditional food and desserts plus olives, makdous and labaneh.

Without any doubt the two stars were the famous dishes of Irbid Makmoura and Cha3acheel, big hits cause most people tried them for the first time.

Best ending was winning the prize for the competition  sponsor AlKasih Food made the first day, a beautiful box filled with yummy Kasih products.

Looking forward to the next event for sure.

Salted Caramel Momofuku Style Cake.

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Hello everybody.

I accidentally  came across these kinds of cakes at Pinterest the other day and been eager to try one them, so a surprise birthday for a cousin was just the right time to do it.

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Seems this style of cakes is famous in the US and can be found in a chain of the restaurants of chef and founder David Chang. specially in its Milk Bar Bakeries . today i tried the simplest one as a start and the result was super yummy, I’m not kidding but taste and texture was extraordinary .

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Though to be honest I used less sugar and butter than original recipe but it was good, not too sweet nor heavy.Steps are a bit long but believe me it’s worth it specially if done before night and kept in freezer.

Ingredients and method:

For the cake base:

3/4 cup butter

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup yogurt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder.

2 1/2 cups flour.

Beat sugar and butter till creamy.

add eggs then all other ingredients consequently then divide batter in two medium sized pans.

bake in  a medium heated oven for 30-35 minutes.

leave to cool.

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Caramel milk mix:

1 cup warm milk

1 cup caramelized popcorn

mix together and leave to use as a soak for the cake.

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Caramel cream mix:

1 cup fresh cream

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons butter

1/2 tsp salt.

heat the cream till warm

heat sugar till it caramelize the slowly add to cream and mix well.

add salt and butter and mix well

leave to cool.

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Cream Cheese caramel mix:

1 cup cream cheese.

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon icing sugar.

1/2 cup from the caramel cream mix.

beat cheese till creamy then add other ingredients then leave to cool in fridge.

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Caramel crumble:

1/2 cup crushed caramel popcorn

1/2 cup flour.

1 tablespoon corn flour.

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter.

pinch of salt.

mix all ingredients till it’s crumbly,

bake for 15-20 minutes.

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Assembling the cake:

  • start with the first cake ,soak it with the caramel milk.
  • top it with half the caramel cream mix.
  • add half the crumble.
  • add half the cream cheese mix.
  • repeat the same process end the top with cream cheese.
  • for better result freeze cake overnight .
  • garnish with caramelized popcorn.
  • you can use  cake ring to keep it in shape or just wrap it with foil or nylon.

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I know it may seem hard but i really enjoyed every moment, waiting to try another flavor soon for sure.

 

 

Quality Street Chocolate Cake.

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Hello everybody.

God it’s been while since I posted , what a shame !!!!

Guess it’s lots of work and no time for new recipes . it’s been like this unfortunately since I started catering ,well one can’t have it all right.

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So today I made this beautiful cake , full of joy and love just like the box of the famous Quality Street chocolates.
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I have this big box of these yummy chocolate so I thought I’d use them instead of eating it alone.

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Cake was my basic chocolate cake with raseberry jam and cream filling , topped it with ganache and assorted chocolates.

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Result was a beautiful piece of art.

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Happy birthday dear Marie.

Banana Chocolate Biscotti.

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Hello everybody.

It’s been a long time, missed writing new recipes a lot cause ever since I started catering I haven’t got enough time to try something new , till today :)

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Lucky me no cooking this morning so I found it an opportunity to use the lonely ripe 3 bananas in the fruit basket into something instead of becoming too soft and then throw them away.

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So after looking through my fridge i found two Lion Bars also, some walnuts and butter. New biscotti trial then it is and the result was super yummy.

Ingredients and method:

  •   2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar.
  • 1 cup butter and vegetable oil
  • 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks (any kind you like)
  • 3 tablespoons coccoa
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder.
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Beat eggs with vanilla and sugar.

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Add butter and oil then all ingredients and knead well to get a soft manageable dough.

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Form it into a wide log then cut lengthwise to thin strips.

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Lay them on baking sheets.

Bake in a medium heated oven for 15020 minutes or till a bit dry.

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Dip ends with melted chocolate and crushed walnuts if you wish.

 

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My Latest Beautiful Cake.

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Hello everybody.

Baking and decorating a new cake with specific qualifications is becoming a big challenge, full of anticipations and excitement to reach the final look. It’s a feeling I guess similar to painting art or designing a dress , you just can’t wait to finish .

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This weekend’s cake was for a graduation party, client wanted it flowery, pink with some leaves and topped with macaroons. though the idea was to use baby pineapple instead of the cactus but unfortunately I couldn’t find.

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Cactus was the alternative and It was amazing, gave the cake a beautiful touch.

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Cake was lemon velvet filled with cream cheese frosting, strawberries, pineapple and coconut .

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thank God client was satisfied and super happy .

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Biscottis.

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Hello everybody.

Been trying different types of biscottis lately , all results were excellent by means of taste and texture.

not so sweet and not too hard, the right thing to have with your morning coffee.

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Base of dough is almost the same but I used different flavors, anise seeds, coconut and blackberry jam and today’s amazing ones were chocolate with nuts.

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Ingredients and method:

Coconut jam biscotti:

  • 3 medium sized eggs or 2 large .
  • 1 cup sugar.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil.
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 3 tablespoons blackberry jam
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder.
  • 2 cups flour ( might need a bit more to make dough easy to handle)
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Chocolate Nuts Biscotti:

  • substitute coconut and jam with 3 tablespoons cocoa and half a cup of crushed nuts ( walnuts ,almonds and hazelnuts)

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*Beat eggs, vanilla and sugar well till creamy.

*Add butter and oil.

*Add all other ingredients subsequently till you get a a dough , you can add extra flour to make it easy to form.

*Shape dough to a cylinder then cut with a sharp knife to slices.

*Bake in a medium heated oven for 10-15 minutes or till bottom is firm .

*Leave to cool then store in a cookie jar or tin.

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Enjoy them with coffee or tea , taste is magical believe me.

Floral Cakes. 

Hello everybody.
Made these two lemon velvet cakes last week with cherry cream cheese frosting. 


Used fresh flowers for decorating with different shades of colors in frosting, result was elegant fresh lovely cakes. 

Layali Lebanon (ليالي لبنان) 

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Hello everybody.

Just realized that I don’t have this recipe on the blog, though maybe it’s one of oldest ones in my cookbook.

I remember back in the eighties when it was a real hit, you’d find it in every occasion, lunch or dinner along with the upside down Pineapple cake and trifle.

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Well it’s a simple easy recipe,specially if you can find fresh local cream. Today I made it from scratch turned out really good.

Ingredients and method :

For the first layer :

* 4 cups milk

* 3/4 cup fine semolina.

* 1/2 cup sugar.

* 1/4 tsp crushed mistaka.

* 1 tablespoon rose water.

Mix all ingredients then heat till it boils then thickens.

Spread in a wide dish or small ones as you prefer.

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For the cream :

* 1 litre of fresh whole milk (skimmed won’t work)

* 5-6 tablespoons vinegar.

* heat milk then add vinegar before it boils. Milk will break to water and cream.

* sieve well to remove all water.

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Then add this mixture

* 2 cups milk

*  2 tablespoons cornstarch.

* 1/2 cup sugar.

* 1/4 tablespoon crushed mistaka.

* one tablespoon rose water.

Mix milk, sugar and cornstarch then heat till it boils and thickens.

add mistaka and rosewater.

When this pudding cools add the curd cheese to it and mix well.

* Spread over semolina mixture and leave to cool several hours.

* Garnish with crushed pistachios and add sugar syrup as preferable.

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