This post is a much over-due promise to a friend who has requested the recipe a long time ago! Ma’moul or ma’amoul (معمول ) are delicate cookies/pastries widely common with Middle Easterns. They are usually filled with dates, walnuts, coconut or pistachios and are served on occasions such as Eid, Christmas or Easter. If you search this recipe online I’m sure you’ll find many hits, each one adding the author’s unique touch. Some are hand-me down recipes from many generations, others slightly tweaked to personal taste. Continue reading
Category Archives: Home baking
Spelt Soda Bread
Ahhh Bread! Why is there so much negative publicity around it? Is it not a staple food eaten by so many around the globe for over centuries? From a simple flat barley, corn-tortilla or roti bread, to an enriched Parisian delicacy such as croissants; it’s amazing how simple plain grains can be turned into these mouthwatering and irresistible inventions. Continue reading
A Brave Abstract Cake
It was my daughter’s 6th birthday this weekend, and as with many birthdays, “comes the ‘birthday cake'”. As a chocolate cake lover, I was surprised she chose a sponge cake this year. Luckily, the weather was beautiful on the day and her friends loved the garden activities organised.
I have a weakness when it comes to patisserie, I always had. Even now that I’ve drastically reduced my consumption of cakes, pastries, biscuits and even chocolate, I still do like to eat them as a treat every now and then. I enjoy baking them just as much, and when I bake at home, I feel much more in control of the quality of the ingredients I use. It may not make the end baked-goods less calorific, but I’m sure it will be less processed than many super-market bought products, and dare I say more delicious. Continue reading
The Gruffalo Gingerbread Scene
It’s January 21st, 2013 and snowing all across the UK.
The silent bliss of the snowflakes dropping quietly makes me smile of how innocent and beautiful it all looks. Unless you have to drive/walk to work or take the children to school then there is no reason to dislike the snow. Or maybe not. I think this time round I’d rather watch the snow silently and admire the view from my window while I wrap myself in my coat and scarf. It’s always a good excuse to blame the cold, but really I don’t feel too well today. Unfortunately the school wasn’t shut, so out we went.
Pineapple Macaroon Tart
It’s cold outside – well, after all it’s winter. When you get to sub-zero temperatures what amazes me is the formation of beautiful ice-crystals on every corner imaginable. The goal post in the garden, the gates, the odd surviving flower, leaves, cobwebs and so on. To also add that each snow-crystal is unique (like our fingerprints), makes me smile at the wonders of the universe. The precision and attention to detail from the tiniest molecule to the largest galaxies is simply mind-blowing.