These “homemade” donuts made with biscuits are so easy to make you could have them for breakfast every morning.
Halwa, meaning “sweet”, is typically made with butter, flour and sugar. It is made with vegetable oil, semolina flour, sugar and cardamom. The halwa has a texture similar to polenta and can be served on a plate or in a bowl or can be formed into bars. Be sure you use a very large pot because there is a lot of sizzling when the flour is added and splattering when the water is added.
Angel Food Cake done right is quite a treat and also easy on the waistline. It can be a tricky cake to master but if you adhere to a few tips, you’ll find success every time.
These light cookies have a delicious almond taste. The recipe calls for ground almonds and I find a coffee grinder works very well for this (I have a separate coffee grinder that I use when I cook). Although in The Elegance of the Hedgehog these cookies are finger shaped, I used my heart pan in honor of Valentine’s day.
These thin crispy cookies look like the roof tiles that they are named after. To make the curved shape, cookies fresh from the oven are placed over a rolling pin and allowed to harden. The batter can be spread into a round shape directly on the cookie sheet, but I found using a round pan (from my son’s Easy Bake Oven) gave these treats a beautiful shape.
My version of the Amadeus Cheesecake is based on the French coffee drink, Café au lait.
My red velvet cake is my daughter Amy’s favorite. She requests this cake every year for her birthday. Her critiques through the years have helped me get this cake just right. So I name it in her honor.
A light, delicate, and airy meringue cookie with pecans and chocolate chips. I bake these cookies every Christmas. They are beautiful and a nice change from the more dense and heavy holiday desserts.
These Angel’s Wings Butter Cookies are good for the soul. My angel’s wings cookie cutter came with this fabulous recipe for butter cookies. I flavored my cookies with lemon extract, adding a refreshing flavor to this recipe. You can also use orange or mint extract. Used by permission from CopperGifts.com.
I am not sure of the exact name of the traditional somali pancake as I have seen it spelled many ways: anjara, anjero and lahooh. In Infidel, it was called angello and rolled with butter and sugar. The original recipe makes 4 pancakes but I made them thinner by using less batter per pancake so I could roll them easier.
This is a cinnamon spiced cake made with apricots and walnuts. If you have any leftovers, the cake is a great way to start your day. Warm a slice, add a pat of butter and enjoy with your morning coffee.
Armenian baked goods are quite a treat and these cookies, called mamoul, are no exception. The egg-shaped mamoul is stuffed with a nut filling, baked to a light golden brown and dusted with powdered sugar after baking. These cookies simply melt in your mouth.
This ginger cake is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. I made small cakes using a square muffin pan. In The Thirteenth Tale, Aurelius is a baker and caterer and this is one of his specialties.
Baked apple chips are a delicious and healthy snack, alone or with a Peanut Butter Dip.
A bakewell tart is made in a pie crust and topped with a layer of jam and an almond flavored sponge cake.
Baklava is exotic Greek dessert filled with layers of paper-thin phyllo sheets, walnuts, almonds, honey, cinnamon and butter.
This bananas foster cake was adapted from a recipe from Nestlé Toll House. The original recipe called for a package of Devil’s Food cake mix and a package of chocolate pudding mix, but I used a homemade chocolate cake recipe instead. The sprinkling of the chocolate chips on the cake batter prior to cooking gives this cake a rich flavor. The banana flavor is subtle and I think next time I make it I am going to add another banana to the recipe.
This delicious pie can be made with your favorite choice of berries or cherries. Don’t be afraid to experiment or try different spices.
The filling for these crepes are sweet so I would characterize these more as a dessert crepe. You can just fill with the berries to make a healthier breakfast crepe.
These mini chocolate chip apples make quite an impression at a party and everyone loves them!
My Black Rum Spice Cake recipe is similar to a Caribbean black cake, which is loaded with rum and a variety of dried fruits. I cut back on the rum, it still has quite a bit, and used only prunes. This moist and delicious cake is topped with a black rum glaze.
Enjoy this Black Sesame Seed Cake drizzled with maple syrup and honey for a delectable delight.
A delicious summertime parfait with blackberries, whipped cream and a nutmeg flavored cake.