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.

 

 

Beautiful Pistachio Cake.

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Hello everybody.

Baked this beautiful elegant cake for my friend’s birthday today, It’s becoming a dear tradition each birthday that I really enjoy and of course do it with lots of love.

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Well this cake has very little ingredients and very easy to make, but it’s success depends upon baking heat and time.Oven must be on 180 º and may need to lower it after 15-20 minutes to 130º.

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Another issue is baking time, recipe says 20-25 minutes, it may need a bit more but you must be careful not to over bake or else it will dry or collapse..turn off the oven when surface is golden and sides crispy. Then leave to cool completely before removing it from pan.

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Ingredients:
* 3 cups finely crushed pistachios
* 6 eggs.
* 1 1/2 cups sugar.
* 1 tsp vanilla.
* 1 1/2 tsp baking powder.

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Method:
* Mix eggs, vanilla and sugar till fluffy and creamy.
* Add baking powder and pistachios.
* Grease 2 small baking pans or line with wax paper.
* Devide batter in pans.
* Heat oven at 180º. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool.
For the filling:
* 1 pack kiri or cream cheese.
* 1 pack dream whip.
* 1 pack cream.
* icing sugar if you like your cream extra sweet.
Mix well till fluffy and doubled in size. Leave in fridge overnight.
Assemble the cake and leave in fridge to firm for 2-3 hours. Decorate it as you wish.

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Enjoy♡♥♡♥.

Smoked Salmon Bagels.

Hello everybody.

Thought I’d do some fresh bagels today,still have a pack of smoked salmon so a well combined rich bagel would be a lovely lunch for sure.

Did the same recipe as before, though today dough was so sticky so I added some more flour for easier handling.

Filled some with salmon, avocado, cream cheese, dill and capers and others with cheese,tomatoes and rocca.

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Homemade Sweet Cheese.

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Hello everybody.

We had a big brunch this morning for my mother in-law’s old friends.
Lovely group full of  old memories, besides things I made I ordered others like haluva, kibbeh and yalanji.

I made falafel rolls,cheese platter, Greek salad, date rocca salad and za’tar puffs.

For dessert I kind of created two elegant dishes, made cream cheese yesterday then molded it today to two parts. One with caramel, walnuts and figs. The other with strawberry sauce and almonds.

ingredients and method:

  • 2 liters of fresh milk.
  • 9 tablespoons white vinegar.
  • 1 small pack cream (علبه قشطه صغيره)
  • Boil milk well then add the vinegar, curd will immediately start to crumble.
  • With a sieved spoon collect curd in a fine sieve so as all water goes out.
  • Add the cream and mix well.
  • when no more water comes out put a kitchen towel on top and cool it in the fridge for several hours.
  • you can serve it with any sauce you like e.g caramel,strawberry,honey …etc.

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Everybody loved it, a really nice looking elegant dish. Other desserts were brought by the guests ,a dessert done in a  Shishani sweets bakery ,  delicious as well.

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Light No Bake Fruit Cheesecake.

Hello everybody.

It’s Summer time, fruits of various kinds and colors are abundant everywhere, this morning I got some fresh from the farm peaches on my way back from the lovely town Fuheis where we had a nice breakfast.

Back home I decided to try this dessert, kind of my own invention, small cups of no bake cheesecake with fruits on top,so yummy and light great in this hot weather.

Ingredients and method :

# crust :
# 1/2 pack of plain biscuits.
# 2 tablespoons oats.
#2 tablespoons coconut.
# 1 big tablespoon butter.
# 1 tsp jam.

Mix all these together till crumbly.

# cheese layer :
# 1 pack cream cheese.
# 1 pack cream ( قشطه)
# 1/2 cup caster sugar.
# 1 tablespoon butter.
# 2 tablespoons labaneh.

Mix all ingredients together till creamy.

# put some crust in small bowls or cups.
# add cheese filling.
# top with any fruits you like.
# keep in fridge for couple of hours then serve.

Oh and lunch was regular kofta with vegetables and a big salad.

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Try it,really good you won’t regret.

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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Cream Cheese and Strawberry Jam Cake.

Hello everybody.

I also did this beautiful cake today but didn’t want to mix both chicken and cake in the same post, better to keep sweet lovely things together.

Got the recipe from a new cookbook my cousin gave to me the other day,it’s really informative and today is my start up in discovering its contents.
A really easy simple cake, great with coffee or tea.
Ingredients and method :
* 1 package cream cheese.
* 1/2 cup butter.
* 1 cup sugar.
* 2 eggs.
* 1/4 cup milk.
* 1 tsp baking powder.
* 1/2 tsp baking soda.
* 1/2 tsp vanilla.

* 1 3/4 cups flour.
* 1/2 cup strawberry or raspberry jam.

* beat cream cheese and butter till soft then add up all other ingredients consequently except jam.

* batter  should be a bit thick.
* grease and medium sized oven pan.leave then add batter.
* add jam in small spoonfuls on top then swirl gently with a knife to create a marble effect.
* bake in a medium heated oven for 30-40 minutes.

Very tasty try it.

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Salmon Cream Cheese Sandwich.

Hello everybody.

Usual Saturday, but today nobody will have lunch at home,each had plans to do so no cooking till tomorrow.

As for me though I’m invited to an engagement dinner at night but was feeling hungry by mid afternoon so I fixed myself some sandwiches,one with  Cypriot kashkaval cheese and another with salmon and cream cheese left from dinner the other night,really tasty with lemons and dill.

I love light lunches like this, comfort food for me I guess !

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Appetizer Platter.

Hello everybody.

After yesterday’s big breakfast I went shopping to prepare for dinner,our dear friends Salam and Flora came to dinner last night with sweet adorable baby Mariam,lovely evening and food.

I made a big appetizers platter similar to the one we ate last week at Bonita Restaurant,well it was close enough but not as perfect. It contained avocados with tomatoes,smoked salmon with cream cheese dill filling on a bed of rocca, frilled chicken with pesto sauce on top and grilled eggplants ant tomatoes with cheese in between or as they name it eggplant tower.

Salad was Rocca with pomegranate seeds,walnuts and cheese, main dish was grilled steaks with lemon thyme butter on top and baked potatoes and veggies on the side.

Dessert was an extremely rich delicious Velvet Cake done by my lovely guest ( homemade from scratch), you’re right Flora tasted even better today, thank you my dear <3

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Apple Pudding Eclairs.

Hello everybody.

Back from a short trip to Taba/Egypt,though tiring long drive but it was worth it.Fun in the sun is the exact description , beautiful Sofitel Hotel with lots of pools and activities all day,the only disadvantage was the quality of food, all inclusive buffets but nothing good to eat.Thank God for bread and butter,but all in all it’s the company of good friends that made this trip memorable,we had a blast and lots of funny stories to tell for sure :)

Today as my son said we need something with rice,a good homemade meal is so satisfying after 3 days of eating out,I made Kebabs with tomatoes and rice or as we call it Indian Kebabs.

Tomorrow we’re going to spend the day at my friend’s house by the pool,another fun in the sun day,so I prepared this cool Summery dessert to take with me, very easy to do and a chance to use all the apples my husband brought while I was away !

ingredients and method:

* 5-6 large apples.

* 1 tsp cinnamon.

* 1 tablespoon flour.

* sugar if desired.

* 1 pack whipping cream.

* 1 pack fresh cream.

* 1 pack cream cheese.

* 4 packs vanilla pudding or you can use homemade pudding also.

* plain biscuits and some milk.

 

* peel and chop apples then add flour,cinnamon and sugar and mix well.

* mix together whipping cream,fresh cream,cream cheese and pudding very well .

* line the biscuits in a deep serving dish and sprinkle with some milk.

* add half the amount of cream then half of apples.

* repeat the layers then decorate with crushed biscuits and cinnamon.

* keep in fridge overnight for better results.

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