Here we go again, another galette is here! It’s my favorite dessert to make and this one looks and tastes like Christmas. It comes out smelling like a warm hug and vibrantly glistening like Christmas lights. Fresh cranberries, kumquat, sugar, cinnamon, a touch of nutmeg, vanilla, and orange blossom, mixed together then baked in a buttery flaky dough studded with toasted hazelnuts. I love it with chocolate ice cream slowly melting on top. Happy Holidays everyone!
I am obsessed with pairing a type of cheese with a fruit, and I think that fall fruits work perfectly for that. This time it’s creamy feta and sweet seedless grapes baked with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, pomegranate molasses for that je ne sais quoi flavor, honey to enhance the sweetness, fresh aromatic rosemary, and some crunchy almonds. When the grapes pop and the feta gets a nice color, you’re ready to toast some bread and dig in. So good!
Sweet tender baked pears, stuffed with creamy cranberry goat cheese, pistachios for a little crunch, and fresh rosemary for a beautiful finish. Drizzle with honey and enjoy as an appetizer, snack, or dessert! I personally serve them for dessert after a rich meal. So simple and full of flavor. Here's the recipe!
This cake recipe is light, healthy, easy, and extremely delicious! It might look like any another cake from the outside until you slice it and see all the beautiful apple layers. Basically it's a lot of apples tossed in a cinnamony batter, stacked in a cake pan, topped with walnut for some crunch, then baked until the kitchen smells amazing and the apples are soft but still retain a little bite. I like to serve each slice with a spoonful of honeyed mascarpone. Check out the recipe!
The smell of freshly baked peach galette is an irresistible summer smell. The buttery crumbly crust studded with almonds, the jammy peach filling bubbling away in the oven, the anticipation of taking that first sweet bite. Oh yes! This galette is a special treat. I like to top it while still a little warm with vanilla ice cream, watch it sexily melt, and serve to my lucky guests. Check out the recipe!
Every time I go to the bakery, I end up buying a lot of bread that will definitely go stale before I can eat it. I am aware of this problem but I just can't help it; I have a sweet spot for bread. Here I am repurposing leftover sourdough loaf to make the most delicious chocolate bread pudding! The bread is tossed in a mixture of eggs, milk, sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, a bit of cinnamon, vanilla, and orange zest, then it's topped with almond, and finally baked. The pudding gets crunchy on top, soft, rich, and custardy in the middle. I like to simply top it with powdered sugar and berries while it's still warm, or let some ice cream melt on top of it just before serving. Such a treat! Here's the recipe.
This might look like a normal loaf cake but let me tell you something, it has a special something inside; Lebanese Zhourat which is made of Za’atar, chamomile, roses, rosemary, cinnamon, loumi, marjoram, wild mint, anise, zoofa, and sage. This blend is sweet, a touch bitter, spiced, tangy, earthy, wild, and beautifully complex. The inspiration for my Zhourat Cake came from the famous Earl Grey Cake, but I was actually very hesitant to try it because Zhourat is much bolder in flavor than Earl Grey. However like everything in life, I can never know unless I try. And I am happy I did, because it came out like magic! As soon as it starts rising in the oven, the kitchen will smell so sweet. It’s a joy to eat because not only it’s delicious, it also smells incredibly fragrant as you take a bite.
Are you a sweet breakfast lover like me? If yes, then these fresh cherry scones are for you. If not, I think this recipe will covert you. Ha! They are buttery, crumbly, and full of sweet bursting cherries with orange zest that makes the flavors pop. They make the kitchen smell like heaven and will make you happy. Best served with coffee or tea. So good!
Tahini and Carob Molasses go together like Labneh and Zaatar! There is a small bowl of Carob Molasses and Tahini sitting on the kitchen table in almost every Lebanese house. This cake is my take on possibly the most traditional Lebanese sweet duo. When you cut it you see those beautiful light and dark swirls! It smells amazing and tastes like home.
These savory shortbread cookies are buttery, cheesy, and crumbly. They are flavored with rosemary, made pretty with wild sage leaves, and finished with Fleur de Sel for that extra touch. They melt in your mouth! Best served with a glass of Chardonnay. Cheers!
The first time I tested this cake, I was very skeptical about using olive oil in a sweet recipe. It's actually not something that I am familiar with. Then I licked the spatula... hmmm interesting. It started smelling really good while baking, and I was very excited to taste it. I cut myself a nice piece, I had a small bite, and I fell in love! I discovered that baking with olive oil brings out its wonderful fruitiness. This is my simple olive oil lemon cake recipe. Its sweetness is balanced by the tartness of lemon, it's fluffy, moist, fruity, light, and delicious. I like to drizzle it with a lemon glaze, but you can serve it as is.
Dipping a beautiful twisted sweet Kaakeh in warm milk is one of my favorite childhood memories. My mom's Kaaks taste like home! They are golden, crumbly, nicely spiced, and they make the most delicious snack. Here's the recipe.
That moment when you tear a fresh warm Kaakeh apart and you dip it into Labneh and Zaatar! HAPPINESS. This is my easy Kaakeh Asrouniyeh recipe. Soft, delicious, and fluffy. Perfect for breakfast!
This is not a chocolate fondant. This is Carob Molasses Sfouf gone fondant! The rich oozy center is made of a strawberry and molasses reduction, while the cake is a typical Sfouf. I believe this makes it a Lebanese Valentine's dessert. I like to let an ice cream scoop melt on top of my warm fondant, and dig into it. Delicious!
You know when you crave something sweet yet you don't have a lot of time to spare, but you still want to eat something really delicious? Well these stuffed baked pears might be what you are looking for! They come together in few minutes, they are full of flavor, they are gorgeous, and they are on the light side. Juicy pears stuffed with your favorite chocolate spread, topped with a simple oat crumble, then baked until soft and smelling amazing. Oh yum!
You know when you see something and you expect it to have a certain taste? Well when you see those tarts, you expect to taste some sort of custard filling. But these beauties have honeyed melty Akkaoui cheese, flavored with cinnamon, orange zest, and a nice crunchy surprise, encased in buttery puff pastry! The strawberries sit beautifully on the cheese filling, then they are baked until the pastry is puffed up and golden. So good!
This is a healthy granola recipe, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, flavored and naturally sweetened with carob molasses. It has oats, walnuts, apple chips, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and a touch of orange zest. Better than any store-bought version out there. Try it!
There is nothing like my delicious Christmas cake! It celebrates amazing Lebanese flavors; Carob Molasses, marmalade, Kamar El Dine, Lebanese single malt, lots of dried fruits, and the creamiest Ashta frosting. It smells, tastes, and looks like Christmas!
Chocolate and pears are a beautiful match! This is a rich yet light chocolate cake flavored and topped with spiced poached pears. It is easy to prepare, incredibly delicious, and perfectly spiced. Perfect for your winter baking.
My spiced chocolate chunk soft pumpkin cookies are the best rainy weekend day activity. They are super delicious, so soft, beautifully spiced, and easy to prepare. Make yourself a cup of tea, put on some music, and prepare these beauties. They are a true celebration of Fall!
These are definitely the best cupcakes I've ever prepared so far, and let me tell you why. They are light, fluffy, moist, perfectly spiced, sweetened with fresh figs, topped with a creamy honey mascarpone frosting, and finished with a pretty fig wedge and a drizzle of honey. Heaven!
There is nothing like homemade soft pretzels! Soft and pillowy on the inside. Tanned and salty on the outside. Sprinkled with Zaatar and salt for that Lebanese touch! I love to have them warm with a cheese dip or some Labneh.
My chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food. It has lots of nutritious veggies, tender chicken bits, chicken stock, creamy light sauce, and golden puff pastry. I love to finish it with flaky seasoned salt for more texture and crunch. Even though the ingredient list is long, the dish is easy to prepare, and super delicious. Make it!
This is not your usual pizza. It's light, perfectly crunchy, full of flavor, and completely Lebanese! The sauce is made of fresh Zaatar leaves, garlic, chili flakes, extra virgin olive oil, then brushed on top of a homemade pizza dough, topped with mushrooms, goat Labneh, and baked until the kitchen smells like heaven. How about you give this a try?
These Hasselback potatoes have everything you'd want from potatoes! They are crispy on the bottom and the top, soft in the middle, double brushed with a garlicky nutty Zaatar mix, sprinkled with juicy pomegranate seeds, and it wouldn't work without a little bit of lemon zest on top. Check out the easy recipe!
My to die for Labneh cheesecake bars prove once again how versatile Labneh really is. They are light, creamy, sweet, a touch tangy, they melt in your mouth, and they are better eaten with your eyes closed!
Flaky puff pastry, Akkawi cheese, crunchy pistachios, sweet peaches and apricots, all baked together to create the perfect mini tarts. Finish off each tart with honey, black pepper, flaky salt, and basil for an appetizer that’s perfect for everything from brunch, to lunch, to entertaining on a summer night.
Spicy Sujuk sausages beautifully arranged on a bed of onions, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, sprinkled with amazing Oriental Zaatar mix, baked to perfection, then finished with lemon juice and pomegranate molasses for a special tang. Super easy but packed with amazing bold flavors!
The secret to this delicious recipe is the spicy rub. Get yourself a good chili paste (I love Harissa), mix it with honey, spices, olive oil, lemon zest, rub it all over the chicken, and roast it on a bed of sweet carrots, with fresh thyme sprigs, and lemon slices because chicken and lemon are the perfect match. You'll definitely get spicy, juicy, lemony chicken that smells heavenly and tastes even better!
Easy, comforting, swirled with Emmental cheese, olive tapenade, crunchy pistachios. Serve as a brunch, appetizer, or even as a side dish. I love having these buns with a spicy tomato sauce for dipping. Delicious!