Apple Raisins Rice Pudding.


Hello everybody.

Last night as I was about to turn off the TV the Italian chef Lidea caught my attention making this recipe, rice pudding but with a twist, she added apples and raisins which really looked yummy and rich. Actually I think anything with cinnamon is delicious.

Well today I decided to implement it right away, a nice dessert for my hubby cause he’s on diet, I used skimmed milk, sativa sugar and only a small spoon of butter and cornstarch instead of egg yolks.


Ingredients and method :
* 4 cups milk.
* 1/2 cup sugar.
* 3 tablespoons cornflour.
*1/4 cup rice.
* 2 large peeled sliced apples.
* 1/2 cup raisins.
* 1 tsp butter.


* heat 3 cups of milk till warm.
* in the remaining cup dissolve cornflour and sugar well.
* boil rice for 10-15 minutes,drain and cool.
* add rice and cornflour sugar mixture to boiled milk.
*stir well and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes.
* in a deep baking dish, spread butter then add apples,raisins and cinnamon.
* pour rice milk mixture on top then into a minimum heated oven for 20-30 minutes or till volume reduces.
* serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh cream.

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Egyptian Date Cookies ( كعك مصري او اساور)


Hello everybody.

A friend of mine ordered this particular kind if date cookies, called Egyptian ka’ek, we actually call it bracelet cookies cause it’s round.

Got the recipe from my best friend Ruba, cause I never did them before, recipe is very similar to one I once did called Nawa3em but with a slight difference is that you add rose water when you knead them.

Ingredients and method :
# 2 cups fine semolina.
# 4 cups flour.
# 2 cups butter or ghee ( I used 1/2 ghee, 1 butter and 1/2 vegetable oil)
# 1 tablespoon anise powder.
# 1 teaspoon fennel powder.
# 1 tsp special cookie spice (كلفه كعك)

#1/2 tsp mihleb

#1/4 tsp mistaka.

#2 tablespoons sesame seeds.
#1/2 cup sugar.
# 1 tsp instant yeast dissolved in 1 tablespoon sugar and a cup of warm water.
# 2 tablespoons rose water.

# pitted dates mixed with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and anise powders.

# Heat butter then mix with semolina, flour and all spices very well till crumbly.
# leave for 2-3 hours or better overnight till all butter is well absorbed.
# add frothy yeast and water and mix all well.
# add rose water and knead all together.

# start working right away by stuffing small portions of dough with dates and shape them in the molds.


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New Tooth Dessert (سنونيه)


Hello everybody.

Today’s dessert is a very old traditional one that’s usually done when a baby’s first tooth appears and since my adorable nephew’s new tiny one appeared I made some and distributed a dish to neighbors and friends as the custom says.

Don’t really know why or who’s behind this tradition,guess it’s Lebanese.Main ingredient is pealed wheat soaked and cooked well till tender then you add sugar,spices and nuts for decoration.

Some people make this dish during Winter time after Christmas in a specific day or celebration called Saint Barbara .

Ingredients and method:

* 1 kg of pealed wheat ( قمح مقشور).

* 1 cup sugar.

* 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

* 1 cup raisins.

* 1 tablespoon ground anise.

* 1 tsp ground fennel (optional)

* coconut,sweetened anise seed,candy and nuts (for decorating the top)

* boil the wheat either in a pressure cooker or regular pan till done and water is little and thick.

* add cinnamon,anise,sugar and raisins and leave to boil for another 20-30 minutes on very low heat till all mixture is syrupy and thick.

* pour in small or big dishes as you prefer and garnish with coconuts,candied anise ( قمبز) or any kind of candy or nuts.





Crispy Caramel Bites.

Hello everybody.
Another dessert done yesterday was this super easy recipe I’ve learned from a friend couple of years ago.

You know the typical ready samboosek dough?  Well you only have to cut it lengthwise fold it like a butterfly then stick it with some water. Deep fry then sprinkle with cinnamon and icing sugar.

Served with caramel sauce which is caramelized sugar with some water and heavy cream all whisked well together.

Very easy and delicious dish.







Carrot Cake Puffs.

Hello everybody.

Long busy Saturday, too much errands and things to do. End of the day will be a dinner at our friend’s house.

As usual I always make a carrot cake cause it’s her favorite, this time made them in a different way,puffs or soft cookies filled with cream cheese frosting in between. Very easy and cute better than a big cake.

Ingredients and method :
* 3/4 cup raisins.
* 100 g butter.
* 1/4 cup brown sugar.
* 1/3 cup sugar.
* 1 egg.
* 1 tsp vanilla.
* 1 tsp baking powder.
* 1 cup grated carrotts.
* 1 tsp cinnamon.
* 1/4 tsp ginger.
* sprinkle of nutmeg.
* 1/2 cup crushed walnuts.
* 1 1/4 cups flour.

Cream cheese filling :
* 1 pack cream cheese.
* 1 tablespoon butter.
* 1/4 cup caster sugar.

* Beat butter and sugar well till creamy then add all other ingredients ending with flour.

* batter will be a bit firm,take a spoonful and line them on wax paper.
* bake in a medium heated oven for 10-15 minutes.
* cool then combine each two with cream cheese filling in between.


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wpid-20150425_171122.jpg wpid-20150425_171053.jpg elegant cookies.








Date Rolls.

Hello everybody.

It’s been such a long time since I did these, maybe in Eid Al-Adha meaning seven months now.

  Date Rolls are such a favorable kind of cookies, they have a nice aroma, taste and texture that everyone love, made a small batch for my dear sis to take with her back home next week and hopefully I’ll have time to make her some rock cookies also.

Love you sis


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Apple Pudding Eclairs.

Hello again.

Invited to a gathering at my cousin’s house in my  hometown Huwwara-Irbid,each one bringing something so I made this old recipe I had.

Gathering was full of many different dishes all very yummy as expected.

wpid-20150421_173144.jpg Apple Pudding Eclairs.

wpid-dsc_0014.jpg wpid-dsc_0009.jpg  big variety of delicious food.

wpid-20150421_190101.jpg rose and lemon cheesecake.

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Fruit Cheesecake Cookie Cups and Apple Cinnamon Rolls.

Hello everybody.

I’m so excited today cause me and my friends are invited to a special early dinner at our lovely neighbor’s house and she’s making a traditional Carcissian dish called chips and basta, I’ll write you details about it later tonight.

As usual I told her dessert is on me, I wanted to do something new, colorful and lively so after a bit of searching did these cute kind of tarts and since I have some apples in the fruit basket is did some apple wheels or rolls.

Ingredients and method of fruit tarts :

* 3/4 cup butter.
* 1 cup sugar.
* 1 egg.
* 1 tsp vanilla.
*  2 cups flour.
* 1/2 tsp baking soda.
* 1/2 tsp baking powder.
* 2 tsp cornstarch.

For the filling :
* 1 pack cream cheese.
* 1/2 cup icing sugar.
* 2 tablespoons cream.( قشطه)

* mixed fruits for topping.

* beat butter and sugar till creamy then add all other ingredients till you have a thick dough.
* in a cupcake pan add a spoonful in each paper then press well with higher edges ( this quantity made 24 cups)
* bake in a medium heated oven for 10-15 minutes.
* remove and leave to cool.
* meanwhile beat cream cheese with sugar and cream then top over each cupcake.
* decorate with fruits as you look like.

As for the apple wheels, I did same dough for cinnamon rolls or Nutella tree, the added brown sugar and cinnamon to a rectangular spread-ed dough, lined up sliced apples the rolled and baked them.

Hope our host will like them,I’m sure we’ll have fun and eat delicious food.


wpid-wp-1427808973847.jpeg lovely outcome.


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Stuffed Vine Leaves and Nutella Cinnamon Rolls.

Hello everybody.

Well all locked up waiting foe the storm, though it was sunny this morning but as expected snow started this afternoon, I’m sure many will turn to the kitchen to make sweets and hot drinks to warm up.

Lunch today was stuffed vine leaves and courgettes,a favorite to most people here in Jordan specially when leaves are fresh green, though not the season but I did find some really good silky ones that’s why I was encouraged.Thank you dear cousin for coming by to help me,this dish needs a helping hand cause it’s a bit tiring and boring to make it on your own.

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Dessert was Nutella cinnamon rolls,recipe from the blogger posted this recipe on my page last week, they’re really soft and taste is divine. I made half with Nutella and the other with pecan cinnamon mixture, all yummy. Thank you dear Diana for the awesome recipe.



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pecan cinnamon filling.

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Walnut Rolls ( برمه او لفائف الجوز)

Hello everybody.

Sorry for the delay but I was tied up and busy.

Since it’s still so cold till now and you feel yourself needing something really sweet to warm up I decided to do this kind of wintry dessert.

Remembered this dish last night ,ate it many years ago at a gathering done by a relative, called her today to recall details and ingredients and she was really sweet to give me the exact small ones.It’s called Burma or simply Walnut Rolls.


Lunch was stuffed cabbage,a favorite on our table all times.



Ingredients and method:

* 1 pack phyllo pastry leaves ( رقائق الهنا)

* 2 cups finely crushed walnuts.

* 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

* 1 tsp cardamon.

* 1 tablespoon rose water.(ماء ورد)

* 1 tablespoon blossom water ( ماء زهر)

* 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)

*some vegetable oil in bottom of a Pyrex.

*thin long piece of metal (  I cut a part of metallic clothes hanger)

* 1 1/2 cup sugar syrup ( قطر)


* cut the phyllo sheets to in half.

* mix walnuts with cinnamon,cardamon,rose and blossom water.

* spread one sheet then place the wire in half and add one spoonful of walnut mix.

* cover with other side of sheet and roll with wire inside.

* close up the side of roll till it form wrinkles.

* remove wire slowly then place in the oiled Pyrex and so on till all sheets are used.

* bake in a very hot oven till crispy from bottom and surface.

* while still very hot pour cold syrup on top.


Wait till it cools and serve, absolutely delicious specially with a cup of Turkish coffee.



20150118_161207 the metal rod here wasn’t good I used the hanger later on much better.

DSC_0018 final result.



Here’s a video showing how to roll them.

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