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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Ramadan Kareem. 

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Hello everybody.

Full week before Ramadan full of birthdays,meaning lots of different cakes.

Started with a coconut jam cake topped with cement like frosting and violet roses

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Followed by lemon velvet with beach color cream cheese frosting and roses.

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Then I made this beautiful cake for my sister’s twins, topped with cereal and wrapped with white Kit Kat.

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The other day we celebrated a dear friend’s birthday with a lovely elegant pistachio cake.

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And finally today I made this simple vanilla cake with chocolate icing and strawberries on top for a handsome young boy.

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Now we’re all ready for the holy month of Ramadan, may it be filled with love and peace.

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Latest Banan Cooking Orders. 

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Hello everybody.

Sorry for the delay in posting new stuff, lots of work and events.

I’d like to show you my latest orders, many cakes, trays and cookies.

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Made two lovely Lemon Velvet cakes with berries on top, really loved them

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and these two all fruits tart and mini  baked cheesecakes.

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with some with chocolate, recipe same as knafeh cheesecake but different toppings.

Another lemon velvet with shivered almonds and berries

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A selection of cookies for a charity bazaar in my hometown including rock cookies,oatmeal and cranberries, ginger raisin, aniseed and brownies.

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and last thing was a colorful healthy cheese platter and sandwiches for a breakfast.

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Happy Palm Sunday.

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Hello everybody.

Did this Easter inspired cake today for a friend and I may say it turned out very nice, though i took the idea from Pinterest but of course colors and final look weren’t exactly the same.

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Cake is chocolate with cream cheese filling and Oreo , brown spots on cake are done from a paste of cocoa and water then dripped with a brush and nest effect done with knafeh pastry .

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Hope you’re all enjoying your holy holidays.

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Today’s Order. 

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Hello everybody.

A loving grandma ordered this lovely combination of dishes for her visiting grandchildren.

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Outcome was very colorful specially the tutti fruitti cake, full of fruits and cream.

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Alongside she ordered za’tar puffs, pasta salad, teramisu and a small box of chocolate balls I sent as a gift.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Thumbprints.

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Hello everybody.

Testing new cookies for Christmas orders, came across this recipe the other day and thought it’ll be a good choice and i was right.

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Elegant crispy from the outside cookies , so easy to make and you can always make many variations of them. I mean you can envelope them with either hazelnuts or almonds and fill them with caramel or Nutella , all really tasty for sure.

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Ingredients and method:

* 3/4 cup butter.

* 1/2 cup sugar.

* 1 large egg separated.

* 1/2  cup flour.

* pinch of salt

*1/2 cup cocoa.

*2 tablespoons cold water.

* 3/4 roasted finely crushed nuts.(hazelnuts or almonds)

* caramel or Nutella

* beat egg yolk,butter,sugar and salt till creamy.

* add flour and cocoa  knead till you form a ball.

* form small balls then press them  with your thumb a bit in the middle.

* beat the egg white and coat cookies with them.

* roast and crush finely the nuts then coat cookies with them as well.

* bake in a moderate heated oven for 13-15 minutes.

* when cooled add a little bit of caramel  in the thumbprint.

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I also made super easy coconut Maltesers balls but this time I roasted the powdered milk till golden , added a caramel taste to them .

Ingredients and method:

*2 cups dry milk powder.

* 2 cups coconut.

* 1/2 cup icing sugar.

* 1 pack cream.

* 1 tablespoon butter.

* 3 packs Maltesers.

* Note: I added some orange zest,goes well with it.

* Mix all ingredients together till they’re like a paste then cover each Maltesers ball with it and roll into a ball .

* cover with coconut and leave to cool in the fridge.

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To fill the box for today”s order I added some rock cookies and lemon crinkles I made yesterday, turned out a beautiful colorful Christmas gift.

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Workshop Catering. 

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Hello everybody.

I can proudly say that it’s a successful week, I catered a four days workshop at the Water and Irrigation Ministry, guests were Germans this time.

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Did coffee breaks and lunches each day with different kinds of food.

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Thank God all were happy and satisfied and ended work with a beautiful cake.

Mocha Chocolate Mousse.

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Hello everybody.

Did the cutest mocha chocolate mousse  cups today.

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Dessert after a delicious mansaf for my husband’s cousins.

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Recipe is the same old I usually do but with a twist this time, added some strong coffee to half of the mixture and made two layers of the mousse with cream on top as well.

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Looked and tasted amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

Last Days Of Ramadan.

Hello everybody.

I have to admit, I’m super lazy in my posts this Ramadan but I do post daily on banancooking page everyday.

Last days are usually less active iftar time cause everybody starts preparing for Eid. Date rolls orders already in process plus I’m making the super yummy pistachio rose water cookies and rock cookies with nuts and spices.

Today’s iftar was a kind of breakfast than dinner, cheese platter and kishek.

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Last samboosek in Ramadan.

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Not a Ramadan related thing but it was a super cake, Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Cake.

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Mini qatayef with cream and Nutella.

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Another eggplant salad.

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Burgers and fries.

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