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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Happy Valentine’s Day. 

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Hello everybody.


Though I believe love should be celebrated daily not on a specific day or time, but it’s becoming a festive day.

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We celebrated my way, simple healthy breakfast full of love with little heart-shaped tomatoes and strawberries.

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Then I made this lovely berries cake and took it to a family gathering with all my lovely cousins.

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Coconut Custard Dessert.

Hello everybody.

Yesterday I prepared a new recipe,cold kind of dessert that’s better done a day before,love these recipes cause they’re a big rescue when you’re busy or have guests.

My aunt did this one last month so thought it’ll be nice with today’s order to my uncle’s,a treat cause they’re busy moving to a new house.

Ingredients and method:

* 4 cups water.
* 15 tablespoons powdered milk.
* 1 cup sugar.
* 2 tablespoons custard powder.
* 2 tablespoons cornflour.
* 1 cup coconut.
* 1 tsp vanilla.

* mix all ingredients well till custard and starch dissolve
* keep stirring and heat till mixture boils and thickens.
* pour into any desired mold or pan.
* refrigerate for 2-3 hours or preferably overnight.
* remove into a plate and decorate with strawberries or chocolate.

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Hawaiian Blessing.

Hello everybody.

Picnicking today, beautiful weather, company and place.

Went with my cousins to a farm near Amman, each one brought something, my share was a dessert so I made my specialty Hawaiian Blessing.

This dish is always a favorite and gone in minutes cause it’s not too sweet and full of fruits plus refreshing in hot weather.

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Pineapple Cupcakes with Butter Cream Frosting.

Hello everybody.

Had the pleasure of hosting my lovely niece this morning,a usual ritual every time she visits is baking something sweet,well a tradition we  both actually enjoy cause I guess I love to teach her something and she’s a quick eager learner to everything not just cooking and as she always says we must eat and try something from banancooking.

Today I have some pineapples left and some strawberries and since Noudy wants a pink thing ( a must ) so I we did this easy recipe but altered a bit in ingredients cause it’s too sweet.

 

Ingredients and method:

* 2 eggs.

* 1/2 cup butter.

* 1 1/2 cups sugar.

* 2 cups flour.

* 1/4 cup milk.

* 1/2 cup crushed pineapples.

* !/4 cup pineapple or orange juice.

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* 2 tsp baking powder.

 

* Butter cream icing:

* 1 cup butter.

* 1 cup icing sugar.

* 1/2 tsp vanilla.

* a bit of cream or milk.

 

* Mix all cupcake ingredients alternatively till smooth ,batter will be a bit thick not runny don’t worry.

* bake in cupcakes or one pan in a medium heated oven for 20-30 minutes.

 

* whip all icing ingredients for 6-7 minutes till creamy then cool till you need it.

* decorate cupcakes with any fruit you like or coconuts.

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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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Big Family Gathering.

Hello everybody.

Lovely warm sunny day,perfect for today’s plan which was a big family gathering for most of the ladies in Huwwara-Irbid,my hometown. It was such a lovely event, I met many people whom I know only on Facebook face to face,we have a big various group,with members living all over the world but all share the same last name and origin.

As a contribution from banancooking I made a big strawberry pineapple cake.Thank God it was sufficient and everyone ate.

Before heading to the gathering I went to bring my order of “Irbid loaf ” we call it قراص عيد،a traditional kind of spiced loaf usually done in Irbid, today I bought some from a lady in Huwwara, yummy yummy :)

Oh very best part was a beautiful gift from my dear aunt Amani,a cake cutter or slicer. Thanks a lot my dear, a cake done with it is coming soon for sure.

 

The big cake

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Mud Pie ( Lunch and Birthday ).

Hello everybody.

Big day!  lunch in the honor of my cousin and birthday of my big bro, all people around the table today are precious to me that’s why we had great time and enjoyed every minute . WELCOME my dear family,love you <3.

Lunch was many dishes, main was Rice with veggies and chicken (رز بنان) ,steaks with mushroom,hot spicy potatoes,mloukhieh,kibbeh,cheese rolls, marinated salmon,green salad and rocca pomegranate salad.

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Dessert was knafeh,strawberries with dips and this new awesome recipe I got from my sis, Mud Pie, it really looks like a plant you can’t tell it’s something edible specially that I inserted a real flower in it :)

Oh most important thing I got some beautiful presents ,one of them is a bunch of lovely stuff from my dear cousin living in Rome ,thank you lovely Rita.

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Ingredients and method:

* 75 Oreo biscuits.

Mix 1 :

* 1 pack vanilla pudding.

* 2 cups milk.

 

Mix 2:

* 2 packs cream.

* 3/4 cups milk.

 

Mix 3 :

* 2 packets cream cheese.

* 1 tablespoon butter.

* 1/2 cup sugar.

 

*Mix  each one alone then add mix 1 and 2 to 3.

* Mash Oreos in food processor.

 

* In a deep transparent bowl make layers of Oreo then cream but take care not let cream appear on the side so that overall look be all brownish.

* leave in fridge to settle ( I made it yesterday) and decorate with real or artificial plant or flower.

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Strawberry Trees and Hearts.

Hello everybody.

As promised I’m trying to select recipes for Christmas time,you can imagine how much websites and blogs are loaded with thousands of recipes. Well I’ll do my best to find easy quick ones cause I’m sure holiday season is full of events and invitations and little time to do sophisticated dishes.

Today I made these small and big hearts and trees , original recipe was for small hearts thought to try Christmas trees turned out fine, but all small shapes are a bit hard to handle so I made two big ones also.

 

Ingredients and method:

Shortcrust pastry:

* 1 egg.

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* 1/2 cup icing sugar.

* 3/4 cup butter.

* 2 cups flour.

* pinch of salt.

* 2 tablespoons cold water.

* Filling:

* 1 pack cream cheese or 6 pieces Kiri.

* 2 spoons cream.

* 2 spoons icing sugar.

* finely chopped strawberries.

 

* Mix all dough ingredients and knead well to a ball then leave to rest for 30 minutes.

* mix cream cheese, cream and sugar well.

* form dough to any shape you like or size, fill with cream then strawberries then add some strawberries and cover with another piece of dough.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 30-40 minutes till golden.

* decorate with icing sugar or red sprinkles.

Tastes really good,a bit like pop tarts so I’m sure kids will love them.

Lunch today was fava beans with rice,yummy yummy.

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Beautiful Birthday Cake and Fitness Bars.

Hello everybody.

Too many occasions and birthdays  today,though nobody celebrating lives here but I did this beautiful cake anyway, lucky day for Jona my housemaid cause it happens to be her birthday also and she celebrated with her friends and ate the cake,well most important is that someone became happy eating it nevertheless.Happy Birthday Aya,AJ,Salma and happy anniversary to my beloved sis Reema, love you all.

Cake mix is the same as the Cherry Cake I did before but baked in a big rectangular pan to a thin sheet cake,then I added strawberry jam,cream and chopped strawberries and rolled all together like a Swiss Roll, covered with cream,toasted coconuts and finally decorated with strawberries and pineapples.

This cake reminds me of cake patisserie shops long time ago when we were kids in Jabal Al- Hussein,we used to walk to this small shop called Milano just to buy it,yummy yummy.

I also made these Fitness Bars,found a bit old Fitness pack in my pantry this morning,after a quick search in many websites I invented this no ingredients recipe, just mixed Fitness flakes with some butter,peanut butter,toasted wheatgerm and oats,coconut,raisins,brown sugar then added honey till mix is sticky then baked it for 20 minutes,cut to bars when cooled ,great breakfast energy bar,tasted exactly like the ones you buy from stores !

Oh lunch was sweet and sour from yesterday and I made some green fava beans in olive oil (فول بالزيت)

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