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Author: Manar Hassan

You might have seen this peanut butter cookies recipe online as it’s an old classic, but have you tried making it? I had a go at making several versions of these cookies with white and brown sugar. I preferred them with brown sugar to give a more chewy center. And I’ve also decreased the amount of sugar to half a cup only so they’re not too sweet. This recipe is gluten and dairy-free and comes together very quickly. If your children like peanut butter,

Our friends and neighbors were over at our place and they wanted to make dessert together. Since it's summertime and I don't feel like firing up the oven that much, why not make strawberry frozen yogurt? It's healthy, contains natural sugars from honey and fruits, and a great way to sneak in some fruits in kids' snacks. Yogurt straight out of the carton contains a good amount of water and not a lot of fat. When you freeze it, the water forms crystals that make

Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to switch to those chilled, no-bake desserts. No sweat, no mess, and certainly no stress! Let’s make one of the easiest ice cream recipes that you can come across. Most ice cream recipes require making a custard base with eggs and cream first, then adding the rest of the ingredients. Next, you churn the ice cream in an ice cream maker and then freeze it. But for this recipe, you don’t need an ice cream maker or fancy

In the last post, I covered How To Start A Home Bakery Business and detailed many lessons I learned in the past five years. I also gave you a great cheat sheet at the bottom of the post to help you kick-start your business. It's filled with templates that I use until today. So if you've missed that, go ahead and read that post first. Setting up your business and running it is a big topic that can't be covered in one blog post,

When I was a child, I knew I loved cooking and always helped in the kitchen. It was something I did with my mom, aunt, and grandma. And I believe that was the beginning of the journey I am on now. Now I involve my son in the kitchen whenever I can. At a young age, he was curious about ingredients and how they come together, and he always asked how I made his food. He discovered world cuisines when he was three years

During summer, I love to bake light and fresh desserts, especially with fruits, and Pavlova is always on the top of my list. I love to serve it to guests as it looks so beautiful with all the berries on top and tastes delicious. But almost every time I make it for other people, someone asks, 'what is pavlova?', so I'll explain it first. Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert, essentially made from egg whites and sugar and baked on low heat, low and slow.

If you love baking and think you have what it takes to share your creations with your community, you may be thinking of turning your passion into a business. That is how it started for me. I’ve always loved baking, and I make delicious food and desserts, but I didn’t know how to decorate cakes beautifully. I wanted to take a class on cake decorating just to be able to make my son’s birthday cake, and I really hadn’t planned to turn it into

We love traditional recipes in Ramadan, especially our own family recipes. So here is my mom's Aish Al Saraya recipe that she makes each year, and the whole family loves it! Aish el Saraya is sort of a bread pudding that is available in many Arab countries. It's very popular in Egypt but can be quite heavy and drenched in syrup. Our recipe is a lot lighter in taste and texture and not so sweet as I don't put loads of sugar in the

During Ramadan, one of our food traditions is to have soup and sambousa at iftar time. So, every Tuesday during Ramadan, I'm sharing one of my staple soup recipes on Instagram Stories. As for Sambousa, these are little savory pastries stuffed with cheeses, beef, chicken, or vegetables. Most Arab countries have their versions of these little pastries, from the shapes, stuffing, and how they cook them. Since my son had spring break, he helped me make sambousa dough, getting messy with flour, water, and oil

A big part of Ramadan gatherings is having meals with family and loved ones and sharing dishes and desserts. We pull out all our favorite Arabic dessert recipes in Ramadan, such as kunafa and katayef, but sometimes I like to get creative and make something different. A rich baked mini cheesecake with a gluten-free crust and a tangy, creamy top. I incorporated Ramadan flavors with dates in the base and top while still having the classic cheesecake flavors with every bite.   Mini Date Cheesecakes For the