Small Lovely Gathering.

 

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Hello everybody.

Made some lovely finger food for a small gathering at a friend’s house.

Loved the idea of the menu, small shawerma, mini burgers, mini kibbeh and a cheese platter.

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Dessert was chocolate mousse and cookies but I didn’t get the chance to take photos, sorry!

 

 

 

 

 

Fig Newtons.

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Hello everybody.

Cold rainy day with expected snow this evening, since I have leftovers and only made lentil soup to go along with weather conditions I made this new healthy recipe.

Fig Newtons  are traditional Italian cookies made from dried figs, they’re a very good source of fibers and nutrients specially during Winter times.

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Ingredients and method :

Dough:

* 3/4 cup butter.
* 1/4 cup sugar.
* 1 egg.
* 1 tablespoon orange zest.
* 1 3/4   to 2 cups flour.
* 1 tsp vanilla.
* 1 tablespoon cold water.
* pinch of salt.

Filing :
* 1 cup dried figs chopped to medium sized chunks.
* 1 cup water.
* 1 cup apple or orange juice.
* 1/2 cup crushed walnuts.

* mix and knead dough ingredients till you get a firm soft ball.
* keep wrapped with nylon in the fridge.
* meanwhile boil figs with water and juice then leave to simmer for one hour, figs will sticky and tender.
* may figs till they’re like a paste then add walnuts.
* cool completely.
* on a floured surface roll dough  then cut into similar shaped rectangles.
* fill each piece with the filling then close it all over.
* cut to small pieces then line all cookies on a floured pan.
* bake in a medium heated oven for 20-25 minutes or till golden from sides.

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Rock Cookies with White Chocolate.

 

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Hello everybody.

Today’s order was for a friend of mine, date rolls and rock cookies but with a twist this time .

 

I have some white baking chocolate so a crushed them into big chunks and added them to the classic rock cookies batter, increased cranberries also cause both ingredients works well together I presume.

Result was super yummy .

ingredients and method of rock cookies:

* 2 eggs.

* 1 cup sugar or 3/4 brown sugar.

* 3 big spoons butter.

* 1 cup mixed nuts ( walnuts,almonds,pistachios,hazelnuts)

* 1/2 cup raisins ( you can add dried cranberries also)

* 1 tsp cinnamon,pinch of cloves,cardamom and nutmeg.

* vanilla,1 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.

* 2 cups flour.

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* mix eggs,sugar and butter till creamy.

* toast nuts in the oven for 10 minutes then crush them.

* add nuts and raisins to flour,baking powder and salt then add egg mixture.

* mix very well with wooden spoon till you have a not too soft nor tough dough.

* make spoonfuls of the dough on a baking pan,size of a small ball.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 10-13 minutes or till edges are golden.

* store in a well sealed jar or tin.

Enjoy :)

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Egyptian Cookies Again.

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Hello everybody.

Actually order is for tomorrow but I usually like to make cookies a day before cause they are more tender the next day. Kind of settle down and flavor is much better.

Here’s the ingredients again :

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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Another Date Rolls Baking Day.

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Hello everybody.

Another day of baking, date rolls are a favorite to many. They’re actually really yummy and healthy.

I’ll post ingredients and method again :

Ingredients and method:
* 5 cups flour
* 4 cups whole wheat flour (طحين اسمر ).
* 1 cup vegetable oil.
* 1 cup olive oil.
* 1 cup margarine or ghee.
* seeded and ground dates (2-3 packs).
* 1/2 cup sugar.
* 1 tsp sodium bicarbonate.
* 2 big spoons ground anise (يانسون ).
* 1 big spoon ground fennel (شومر ).
* 1 big spoon cinnamon.
* 2-3 spoons sesame seeds and black seeds ( سسمسم وقزحه ).
* 1 small spoon mahaleb (محلب )
* mix all oils and spices with flour well till it forms crumbles and leave overnight so as flour absorbs all oils and essences.

* to the dates add olive oil, cinnamon, anise powder, nutmeg, cardamom . A little sprinkle just to add some flavor.

* add warm water to flour enough to make a dough 1-2 cups..it must be easy to handle not hard nor soft.
* cut dough and dates to four portions.
* roll one part of dough to a big  thin rectangle between nylons.
* roll dates all to same size rectangle between wax paper or nylon.
* place date over dough and cut unorganized edges.
* roll dough and dates together 3 or 4 rolls.
* cut to 1 inch slices then pat with your hand to flatten them a bit.
* with a sharp knife cut surface to small lines.
* bake in a medium heated oven till bottoms are golden and then toast surface a bit.
* store in a cookie jar or well sealed box.

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 :المقادير:
* 5 كاسات طحين ابيض
4 كاسات طحين اسمر
* 1 كوب زيت نباتي
* 1 كوب زيت زيتون
* 1 كوب سمنه او زبده
* 2-3 باكيت تمر مطحون

* 1/2 كوب سكر

* .1 ملعقه صغيره بايكربونات
* يانسون 2 ملعقه كبيره يانسون مطحون
.1 ملعقه كبيره شومر مطحون
* .1 ملعقه كبيره قرفه
* 2-3  ملعقه كبيره سسمسم وقزحه
* 1محلب ملعقه صغيره
*     تخلط جميع المقادير مع بعض جيدا قبل بليله او على الاقل 4-5 ساعات ما عدا التمر طبعا ويفرك الطحين جيدا بالزيت والسمنه

*( يرش التمر ياليانسون والفرقه والهيل ويفرد بين نايلون ويرق ليصبح طبقه رقيقه جدا( استعيني بزيت الزيتون على النليلون حتى لا يلزق التمر

* يضاف ماء فاتر بالتريج الى العجينه حتى تصبح متماسكه وطريه

* ترق العجينه بنفس طريقه التمر بين النايلون

* (توضع طبفه التمر فوق العجينه برفق وتلف رول (لفتين  فقط

* تقطع الرول الى قطع صغيره وتصف في الصواني

* يزين الوجه بواسطه سكين

* تشوى في فرن متوسط الحراره حتى تحمر

* تحفظ في علب محكمه حتى لا تنشف

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Oatmeal Date Cookies.

Hello everybody.

My cousin ordered some cookies today, thought I’d try something new or different from the usual ones I make.

After a thorough search last night I found this recipe, I guessed it’ll be a success cause all ingredients are homogeneous and goes along together, oats spices and dates are always harmonious.

Ingredients and method :
# 1 cup butter.
# 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 brown sugar.
# 2 eggs.
# 1 tsp vanilla.
# 1 tsp cinnamon, half tsp cloves, 1/4 nutmeg and a pinch of salt.
# 2 cups flour.
# 2 1/2 cups oatmeal.
# 1 tsp baking powder.

Filling :
2 cups pitted dates.
1 cup water.
1 tablespoon butter.

# beat butter and sugar well till creamy then add eggs and vanilla.
# add spices and salt.
# add flour and baking powder then oatmeal.
# cool in fridge for 30-40 minutes.
# form into small walnut size balls then flatten them a bit.
# bake in a medium heated oven for 10-13 minutes.
# leave to cool.

# meanwhile prepare the filling by heating dates water and butter till smooth.

# assemble each two cookies with date filling and serve.

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Peanut Butter Snickers Chocolate Chips Cookies.

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Hello everybody.

Today’s order is for a group of lovely teachers as a small giveaway, they ordered five different cookies for each.

Made the usual three kinds of crinkles, rock cookies and these cute little heart shaped ones of peanut butter and chocolate chips but added Snickers chunks in them, so yummy and cute.

Though teachers really deserve more than this but I hope love and cherish for their efforts are tasted and felt in my cookies, God bless all teachers around the world.

Ingredients and method:

* 1/2 cup butter ( reduce it a bit if using heavy chocolates, I used chocolate chips and 4 small Snickers bars)

* 1/2 cup peanut butter.

* 3/4 cup brown sugar.

* 1 egg.

* 2 tablespoons milk.

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* 1/2 small spoon baking soda.

* 1/2 tsp baking powder.

* 1 3/4 cups flour.

* 3/4 cup chocolate chips or crushed ones of any kind.

* Mix butters and sugar well till creamy then add egg,vanilla,milk.

* add flour,baking soda and powder then last thing add the chocolates.

*Shape into balls then flatten them a bit,usually I use a coffee cup bottom.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 10-13 minutes or till bottoms are golden.

* cool then keep in cookie jar or tightly closed tin.

These will sure put a big smile on a child’s face specially with a hot chocolate in a cold day :)

 

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Full Lunch Order.

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Hello everybody.

Today’s order was a full lunch for a dear friend.

She ordered spread and mini kibbeh, grilled cheese salad. Dessert was assorted cookies and crinkles and chocolate balls.

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A big success, everybody is satisfied.

 

 

 

 

 

Rice With Veggies and Avocado Dip.

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Hello everybody.

Long hectic day, even lunch  became at dinner time!

I made rice with cubed meat and lots of veggies like carrots,beans,peppers, mushrooms,onions and a small tomato. Very tasty.

On the side I made an avocado dip, mashed two ripe avocados added yogurt, lemon,tahini sauce and salt, topped with tomatoes and chili powder.

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Today’s orders were a bunch of crinkles and some cookies, chocolate and ginger, nuts and raisins.

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Hope you all had a nice weekend 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Assorted Cookies, Chocolate Balls and Za’tar Puffs.

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Today’s order was lovely, assorted cookies included chocolate and lemon crinkles, rock cookies and date rolls plus some za’tar puffs.

Additional small gift for my new client a box of chocolate balls hope she’ll like them.

 

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