Have you had the most wonderful Valentine’s day? Anushka was supposed to take cards and Lollipops for her friends and at 5 AM I remembered that the cards were not signed so I frantically signed all the cards in less than 5 minutes. That was a good start. The girls made cards for us and feasted on all the candy their friends gave them. We … Continue reading Semolina Cake with Rum and Saffron
Early this morning I woke up to a dense fog, intermingling of hot and cold. As I walked through my usual forest preserve , there was a stillness in the air. The air heavy with anticipation, waiting for the adventure ahead, the hustle and bustle of the coming week. As I stood there just for a second gazing at the stream almost disappearing in the fog, I remembered something I had read somewhere, “If you want something that you never had, you must be prepared to do something you have never done before”. I will leave you with that thought and the recipe for the Meringues.
There are few treats as satisfying as a cup of Espresso and a piece of Baklava. Although I have shared a another easier version on the blog Baklava Bites Baklava Cake is just different take on traditional Baklava. It is certainly not as messy to eat. If you prefer a piece of cake with your afternoon Coffee, you should certainly try this. This Baklava Cake is not too sweet either so makes a perfect after lunch dessert. You just need a small piece to feel satisfied.
Baklava came from Assyrians in 8th Century B.C. The original recipe only had a Flatbread and a layer of nuts drizzled with Honey. Later on, different types of nuts were used. Arabian influence added Rose water. Some infuse flavors of Cinnamon and cloves to this amazingly chewy and crunchy and sweet with Honey piece of heaven. I have head about splashes of Rum in it but haven’t tried it yet. Soon..
I had made a cupcake version of Pineapple upside down cake may be over a year ago. I made a few changes and made a sheet cake and topped it with Broiled Pineapple. The results were amazing. Cake was not overly sweet so you can have it at tea time.
Summer is not yet here and Spring seems to be hiding. Temps are so down that we had to get our winter coats out again. I wanted to get at least bit of tropic in our lives. Here is a Banana Pineapple Cake. Continue reading Banana and Pineapple Cake
This beautiful creation has an equally enchanting story behind it. A girl fell in love with a Prince and she made this cake to charm the Prince. This Cake now serves as a symbol of undying love. The cake is filled with aromatic Persian flavors. It is infused with Cardamom and delicate Rose scented Frosting. The cake itself appears to have two separate versions. One is Almond … Continue reading Persian Love Cake
I remember the days when I was only around the adults all the time and I could drink Wine in a fancy wine glass instead of tea cup. Now, if any of the people who are less than 4 feet tall, take a look at the golden or red liquid in my hand, they keep a constant watch on me to see if I mistakenly … Continue reading Wine cake
It was such a glorious weather on Sunday. I decided to get a head start on some gardening. Pulled out a bunch of weeds. The flowers my Dad planted last year and the year before are out. Thank you Dad. He really spent long days in our then out of control garden and helped us pull it together. I can’t wait for him to be … Continue reading Pistachio Cranberry Cake
Almond Pistachio Nougat Cake Since I live in Chicago, we are currently in deep freeze. There is snow everywhere on the ground. Once you spend few winters with the snow, you actually start liking the snow and change of seasons. Or is it just my opinion? well. I wanted to work on a recipe that looks snowy (read dreamy) so I was looking up … Continue reading Almond Pistachio Nougat Cake
Rose flavor evokes my memories of childhood when my mother used to make a milk shake using rose syrup and it was famous in the entire neighborhood. When the temperatures rose to 100 degrees and beyond with no air conditioning, any of our neighbors who stopped by used to ask my mom if she can make her famous “shahi gulab” milkshake. I was really inspired … Continue reading Rose Flavored Tea Cakes