Semolina Mango Cake

  I hope you enjoyed the Mango Custard Verrines and Aamras posts in this month’s 3-back-to-back mango recipes. I have been wanting to bake with semolina since long but never got around it. My first attempt at making the basbousa, which is an Arab style semolina cake soaked in sugar syrup, was a dud, and I never got to making it again. Even though I have bookmarked several recipes that use up semolina, I have still kept it pending. There is so much that I am cooking and trying so some things do go off to the end of the list. 🙂   I made this cake to finish off a can of mango pulp that I had got at a deal. My mind went loitering at all options like ice cream and pudding but then I remembered the semolina mango cake recipe I had saved up very long ago…. 

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Apple Dates Muffins

  Schools just opened for the girls on Monday and that marks the start to another strenuous academic year. As the girls move up grade after grade, it comes with a sense of pride marked with a tinge of sadness… that very soon, our children will cease to be kids and be grown ups in their own right. Rasha will be soon entering her dual numeric age and she is so excited about it! She keeps telling me that she is going to become a teenager and while that statement does give me a mini heart attack, I remind her that teenage sets in only once the numeric age name ends with teen, so she still has another three more years to go. 😉 That did upset her a bit, but gave me a little relief too.   As they grow up, it does get a little difficult to handle… 

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

  We all love a good chocolate cake at home, especially me and my elder one, Rasha. We could sit and finish off it all in one sitting. Azza leans more for fruity bakes rather than chocolate, but once in a while she does love a bite. While browsing through my drafts, I was a bit upset with myself for not having posted this recipe. Can I tell you that this is the easiest chocolate cake you will ever make?   Don’t get me wrong. Run yourself through the list… You don’t need butter, eggs or diary to make this cake, so it automatically graduates to becoming vegan. All you need is some basic ingredients in your pantry, mix it through with some oil and warm water and you are ready to go. When I made this the first time during my vegan days, I was really not sure how… 

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Hummingbird Bakery Blueberry Muffins

  It is already the last Saturday of the month! Wow! I thought doing once a month would be a cake walk, but coming to see, the one month itself passes off in a jiffy! 😀 You can see the previous book reviews here.   Most of the book adorning my shelf seems to be baking book, and that too with a majority of sweet bakes. I don’t know if it is a matter of pride or shame. Hehe… Today, I chose to review this little book that I have in my collection. Everybody must be familiar with Hummingbird Bakery, which is like a must-go for cake treats in London and how famous their bakes are known to me. I have gone to their outlet in Mall of the Emirates sometime back with the kids. While the kids enjoyed their cupcakes, I gorged down on their pistachio loaf along with… 

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Eggless Dulche De Leche Banana Bread

A delicious banana bread, with a twist of Dulche De Leche, and studded with pecan, for a light breakfast or a snack for afternoon tea   I have gone a bit low on banana bakes, since the kids are not very fond of it, unless it is the chocolate banana bread. 😕 Personally, I feel that the aroma of banana bakes is intoxicating, especially when it is combined with some cinnamon. It makes me want to sit down in the kitchen without doing anything, only enjoying that mesmerizing smell that comes out of the oven. How many of you feel that? I have never experienced such a head-hitting aroma for any other bakes I do. Maybe I am a bit mental about it. Since I love cakes with bananas, I may be imagining the smell as such, who knows? 😀     I baked these when I had a little… 

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Coconut Pistachio Biscotti

  Everything has to come to an end, right? That is the policy of life. I had joined the Secret Recipe Club in June and was really enjoying my monthly assignments, when Sara declared last month that the SRC was winding up for good and November would be the last month. The monthly participation was dwindling and according to her, the club would be better off ending on a high note rather than allowing it to die. All of us agreed to it. I have been a part of a lot of challenges previously and it is heart breaking to see how the initial interest just goes down and then it goes into a natural death stage. The SRC is a highly successful event that has been going on for a few years now, so the decision she has taken was for good. I would have started in January, had not… 

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Chocolate Biscuit Pudding

  There are some desserts that are so frequently made when we were young. As days go by or years move on, they get forgotten. That is how I would look at the good old biscuit pudding. Thanks to the umpteen variety of ingredients available in the market, we experiment with various flavors and varieties and try not to look at the old style dishes, that graced our tables so effortlessly and we eagerly waited for them. Now, I feel that we are under pressure to make something new all the time. At home, even if I want to go back to some old favorites, the kids feel that I am taking an easy way out! 😕 It is actually very irritating at times… But if there is a dessert they and HD loves if given anytime, then it is this simple biscuit pudding! I had promised I would share… 

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Strawberry Almond Galette

  Let me start off by sharing what I read first thing in the morning today… 🙂   Sometimes you dream a lot and then finally gather up your courage to make it! Hehe… That is the story of making a galette… Galette is nothing but a free form tart. The base is the same as a tart, the fillings are put in the center and then just folded in, and then baked till done. There is no blind baking and double baking like you do for a tart, just straight and simple…     I am thankful to Him for making me stay in a country that has supermarkets blessed with strawberries abundantly. Thanks to my Azza’s obsession with pink, strawberries always make it to my shopping cart if it is on special offer. Most of the time we eat it up and sometimes it gets spoiled too. 🙁… 

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Tropical Sunrise Muffins ~ Vegan!

  Time for this month’s Secret Recipe Club post! To review all my previous posts and read about them, you can check out here. I have enjoyed each and every post that I have been working on and this one was no different. Since I am moving for my vacation back home next month, I wanted to make sure that I participate in this month’s challenge. If you would love to join the challenge – which I would highly recommend! – then do hop on to their page and submit your blog. I am sure that you will enjoy the ride once you hop in… 🙂     This month I was assigned the blog, Cook with Sara. She is a Midwestern American blogger, who has been blogging for the past eight years, so you can imagine how much of a treasure trove her recipe index is! The very first… 

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Vegan Wholewheat Oats Chocolate Loaf

  We are now on the last leg of this holy month. I have already mentioned in a lot of detail in my earlier posts on the blog, which you can read here. This month is believed to be the month when the Qur’an was sent down to the earth, and the last ten days of Ramadan witnesses a night that is better than a 1000 months, so Muslims stay vigil at night praying to the Almighty from His bounties. Unfortunately, I have noticed that many of us take to finishing off or even starting our Eid shopping during these precious nights, that shouldn’t be wasted at any cost. It becomes imperative on us to educate our brethren the importance of these days and how we must limit our other activities during this time. May He give us the strength and faith to make us among those who see the… 

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Joan’s Rainbow Cake ~ Almost 100% Vegan!

  I actually wanted to wait to post this recipe, but then I thought, it is fine, I don’t need to wait! 😉 The third in the series of the 3 back-to-back vegan cake is this cake that I baked for our anniversary last month, Alhamdulillah… 🙂 I was actually not planning to bake anything. I was down with fever and body pain, it was a very normal dull day and unlike other anniversaries, where I would be up planning so much – you can refer to my previous anniversary cakes here, here and here –  this time, I had no plans at all! But as the day passed by, I became restless and I pushed myself into the kitchen to bake this cake.   The Joan’s Rainbow Cake has been on my to-do list, and I am so glad that I managed to veganize the whole recipe and make… 

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Vegan Strawberry Cake

  As soon as I had made these vegan brownies, I saw Azza sulking on one side. When I inquired what was her issue, she told me, “Ummi, you always make chocolate that thaatha likes, you never make what I want!” I was a bit taken aback by it. I always thought she loved chocolate but then it turned out my assumption was wrong! Then she asked me for a strawberry cake. That is when I remembered her fetish for pink, and that was one reason why I baked her a pink cake for her birthday last year, and this time got her a pink doll cake. She loves pink to the core. “Barbie is pink so everything has to be pink” is her philosophy. Initially, I used to love pink too but now seeing too many pinks, my eyes have turned soar! 😉     I wanted to bake… 

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Vegan Avocado Brownies

  While trying to finalize what to do for this month’s 3 back-to-back theme, I was in a little confusion. Initially I had decided to do “mango” as the theme, but since I preferred eating my mango more than cooking with it and already the net is flooded with variety of mango recipes, I decided to not go ahead with it. Then I thought about strawberries – one fruit that I have seen is continuously available from some country or the other over the past few months.  Even though I had the recipes for the theme, somehow I wasn’t really convinced of doing it, so dropped the idea. And then finally settled for what you are going to see from today, for the next three days on the blog… 🙂   Those who read my blog regularly are already aware that I am currently on a vegan diet. Ever since,… 

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Khailat Al-Nahl ~ Sweetened Honeycomb Bread

  After doing UAE last month, this month, for #menacookingclub challenge, our country assigned is Yemen.   As much as Syria is disturbing, the state of Yemen is no different. If you go through some pictures on the history of Yemen, you will realize how green and serene the whole place looks, with a lot of history resting in this country. They have been in a civil war status since last year and it is still going on without much respite. I hate to watch the news these day… With so much bloodshed, pain and fear in the already weak economy, things are looking bleak. All we can do is to make dua for our brethren there for peace soon, InShaAllah… Since we are dealing about their food today, it is said that they have more of Ottoman and Mughlai influences in their cooking, when compared to their neighboring countries. As… 

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Eggless Bread Pudding

  Don’t we always need reminders to keep us positive as much as we can? Here is one, Alhamdulillah…     Coming to the recipe for the day… Most of the bread pudding contains eggs, just like some of them I have shared, though there are some eggless options as well. If you love bread pudding, then do browse through the ones that are already on the blog: Bread Butter Pudding Eggless Caramel Bread Pudding No Bake Crunchy Pineapple Bread Pudding (Eggless) Bread Coconut Milk Pudding (Eggless) Raisins Dried Apricot Bread Pudding Butterscotch Bread Pudding Since I love bread pudding and bread is always a staple in the house, I always look out for interesting variations to try. I am actually surprised that I have never made a bread pudding with chocolate, so that must be up the sleeves to make soon! 😉 I had made this pudding during a get together… 

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