I hope you all have spent a good Christmas, gathered with family and friends, around good food. I have a break from school now so I’m taking the opportunity to bake, and experience what I have learned at school. I have tried different batches of macarons, fruit cakes, raisin bread, jam cookies…. and I can say that the outcome was amazing.
Now my husband and I are going to spend a week in Montreal with some friends, and I have taken some goodies for everyone.
I’ll see you with more posts in 2015. Enjoy your festivities and indulge yourself with good food.
Raspberry & Apricot jam cookies
Today is a great day, may this day bring you joy and a fresh new beginning of sharing and exploring and I want to wish you all a Happy Easter.
In Lebanon we have a tradition that comes along during this miraculous holiday, baking holiday sweets, “Maamoul” a recipe I have posted a couple of years ago. The difference this year is that, I used to help mom preparing the maamoul, this time I did it myself, of course with the help of my husband in moulding and shaping the maamoul. And they turned out to be just amazing, delicious and easy to prepare. What about you, what did you bake this Easter?
As we were invited for lunch today, I prepared this strawberry tart, since I prefer, and like, the home-made desserts. The crust is more like a crostata with crème patissière. I loved it.
When you’re home on a Saturday evening, it’s cold outside, snowing and you feel warm and cosy to stay home, what would you do? I, personally think of cooking a meal or baking something sweet. The heated oven, the good smell that enrich the house. We had some blueberries, so I thought, instead of eating them plain, which is also very delicious, I try them in a baked sweet. I looked up the net and found that amazing recipe, courtesy of Martha Stewart’s website. The muffins turned out having the exact fluffiness and tenderness I wanted them to be. I adapted a little bit the recipe, which calls for a certain topping or just a sprinkle of sugar and mace; I opted for the sprinkle to which I added some cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg instead of the mace. And that sprinkle gave a certain crust to the muffin which was perfect, delicious and added a flavour to the blueberries. Try it out and tell me what you think. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or an infusion of fresh ginger, cinnamon stick and anise seeds.
I wish a happy holidays for everyone and hope this Christmas and 2014 bring peace of mind, joy and good health.
One cake wasn’t enough for my husband’s birthday, I like to bake different kind of sweets and indulge ourselves with different flavors and colors and tastes. I’m used to do the classic coffee tiramisu and I wanted to use the Limoncello I got from Italy, so I made up this delicious colorful tiramisu.
Tiramisu al limoncello
– one pack lady fingers
– 250g mascarpone
– 120ml cream
Dilute some limoncello in water. Soak each lady finger in the limoncello for few seconds and place them in a medium glass dish. Whisk the cream and beat in the mascorpane until all corporated.Spread the cream mixture on the biscuits and then the sliced strawberries. Refrigerate over night if possible. And enjoy.
Last week was my husband’s birthday, and i always like to bake cakes for birthdays. So a chocolaty delicious rich cake is perfect for such occasions.
Whenever we feel like weak or down, or lost and everything seems blurry, uncertain, wondering why this or that has happened to us, well, at the end of each dark tunnel, there’s a dim light, waving for us, to reach, and through our path, we might stumble or fall but with each downfall we rise higher. As my friend Loulou said, there’s always hope, in each corner of our path. This is what makes us, strong, ambitious persons. Here’s to new beginnings… this sweet spicy cookie…
Hope this Christmas brings joy, peace of mind and good health to everyone. Our Christmas Eve’ was smooth, cool, and beautiful. As every year, I prepare the dessert. The bûche de Noêl. And some chocolate truffles. All was very good and delicious.
Chocolate Bûche with Mascarpone cherries filling
Chocolate Bûche with Chestnut cream filling
Another recipe that calls for apples. Apple muffins. Those are the best muffins I have ever made. Perfect baking, perfect spongyness, perfect moistness, perfect taste, perfect combination of apple and cinnamon. Try out these delicious muffins, and tell me what you think. We loved them.
Next time I bake muffins, I’ll use the same measurements and use instead of apples, other fruits, maybe bananas. They’ll be yummi.