Lebanese Nights Semolina Pudding 

Sweet, creamy and delicious, Lebanese nights is a traditional dessert that is so refreshing and easy to make. It consists of semolina pudding flavoured with rose water and topped with whipped cream and pistachios. This dish is super indulgent and is made for special occasions and family gatherings. Let’s dig in:) 

 

  
  
Ingredients: 

Pudding 

  • 1/2 cup semolina 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 2 tsp rose water 
  • 2 tsp orange blossom water 
  • 3 cups milk

Topping 

  • Whipped cream or Nestle cream.
  • Pistachios 

Sugar Syrup ( attar) 

  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 1 cup water 
  • Juice of half a lemon 
  • 1 Tbsp of rose water 
  • 1 Tbsp of Orange blossom water 
  • A pinch of ground cardamom 

How to: 

Make the sugar syrup ( attar ) ahead of time. Bring the water and sugar to a boil and continue boiling for about 3-4 minutes. Add the rose water, orange blossom water as well as the ground cardamom and set aside to cool. 

As for the pudding, add the milk to a medium sauce pan and warm it up on medium heat. Dissolve the corn starch in 1/4 cup water. Next, add the semolina and sugar and stir for a couple more minutes. Add the beaten egg as well as the corn starch and continue stirring for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add in rose water and orange blossom water. Pour your mixture in a deep dish or small dishes and let it cool down to room temperature. I chose to serve it in mason jars as I had to attend a friend’s gathering and wanted to do something fun and different. Add the cream and ground pistachios. Lastly, serve with the sugar syrup. 

Enjoy! 

Shahad xo 

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Lazy Biscuit Cake 

Oh-so-tempting! A sweet and crunchy treat that you won’t stop eating. It combines the richness of cocoa with the crunchiness of biscuit to give you an amazingly flavoured cake. 

  
I don’t know about you but when it comes to drinking tea, my husband and I love to enjoy a little dessert on the side. It is like our tradition. I thought I would share this recipe with you since you can easily find the ingredients in your household. 

  
It is also perfect to take as gift to your friends house. I usually place them in a nice plate and wrap them up with a cute ribbon on top. You know that everyone loves a little treat. So go grab your ingredients and let’s get started! 

 
Here is what you will need for this recipe! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack Mary biscuit 
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter 
  • 4 tsp vanilla 
  • 4 Tbsp Cocoa powder  
  • 1 egg

Process: 

  • Whisk the egg in a bowl and add the vanilla to it. 
  • In another bowl, whisk your butter along with sugar and cocoa powder
  • Add your whisked eggs to the cocoa mixture and continue mixing.
  • Break your biscuit into small pieces and add your cocoa mixture to it. 
  • Mix well until all ingredients are all combined.
  • Add you mixture to a parchment paper or a clear plastic bag and make it in the shape of cylinder.
  •  Place your mixture in the freezer over night.
  • Cut into small square pieces 

Enjoy,

Shahad xo

Red Velvet Cupcakes 

  
Hi everyone, 

Today was my husband’s birthday and what better way to celebrate than to make his favourite food which includes Red Velvet Cupcakes. This was a success (YAY!!!) My husband loved it for his birthday and so will you:) 

Inspiration was from joyofbaking website. I love her recipes but I changed a couple of things around and used a ready made cream cheese frosting. Check out Stephanie’s website at http://www.joyofbaking.com for more info. 
Recipe includes:
1 1/4 cups sifted cake flour (I used all purpose flour instead) 
1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder 
1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temp
3/4 cups granulated white sugar 
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
1/2 cup buttermilk ( I used regular milk)
1 tablespoon liquid red food colouring 
1/2 teaspoon white distilled vinegar 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
Cream cheese frosting: 
I used a ready made frosting that I got from Walmart. It’s called Betty Crocker Whipped Cream Cheese. 
Process:
First, heat your oven to 350 degrees C. Add your butter first to your mixture and allow it to mix for a minute or so. Then add your granulated white sugar as well as your egg and pure vanilla extract. Next add half of your dry ingredients and half of your red coloured milk. Mix for a couple of minutes until all ingredients are well combined. Continue adding the rest of your dry and wet ingredients and mix. In a separate bowl mix baking soda and vinegar and add it to your mixture. Pour your mixture in a cupcake tray lined with cupcake paper. Bake for about 18-23 minutes and you are done!!
Bon appetite!!
Shahad xo