Posts Tagged‘Dessert’

Amlou Cookies

A few weeks ago I got a fabulous treat in the mail.  I was so anxious as  I tore open the box to find inside a bottle of Moroccan gold…argan oil.  This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned this oil, in fact I’ve even given a bottle away!  I was so excited when The Argan Tree contacted me to see if I would be interested in giving their product a shot.  (of course I was!) I am a HUGE advocate for supporting local artisans and love the business approach of The Argan Tree.  The argan oil comes from a women’s…

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Guest Post: Sweets of Serbia

Today’s guest post is from Lana of Bibberche.  She is a total sweetheart and I’ve long admired her from seeing her tweets.  I was so shy to even ask her if she would want to do a guest post because she is so talented and I thought she would scoff at my request.  Lucky for me (and for you!) she agreed to do a post on Serbian desserts.  You’re really in for a treat.   I was one of the people who scorned technology and dismissed the computers as a way of communication when I was in college. But I…

Nutella Chip Cookies

Best. Cookies. Ever.  Chewy chocolate chip cookies are one of my very favorite things.  Out of desperation I rummaged through my cupboards in search of chocolate chips, only to find out that there weren’t any.  What to do, what to do?  Melt down a 1/4 jar of nutella and make Nutella chips of course! How to make the Nutella “chips” is pretty easy.  I used 1/4 jar of Nutella and melted it in the microwave until it was very loose, but not burned.  Then sprayed a lipped cookie sheet with Pam Baking Spray (if you have a silicone mat, that…

Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

My youngest son is a very picky eater and even a little small for his age.  Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to increase his calorie intake without it being in wasted calories and junk food.  We’re basically at a point where we let the kid eat whatever he wants, whenever he wants. I came up with this recipe because he loves bananas and peanut butter is a good way to get some calories in that are fairly good for him.  I am not a baker, I’ve said it before and I say it again!  These however were…

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake

My recipe today is for Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake with a gingersnap crust.  This is a good blending of Mediterranean and American style desserts.  Pumpkin is often found in Morocco, mixed into couscous most predominantly.  I have found that pumpkins there are a little sweeter than they are here, which might be attributed to more sun and less storage time before consumption. This is a dessert plate that I made recently along with Whoopie Pies and Cake Balls. Ingredients; 1 can of pumpkin puree (about 14 oz) 1 package of cream cheese (8oz) softened pumpkin pie spice (mix of cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg) 3…

Chebekia

A staple in Morocco for Ramadan is the chebekia a flavored cookie that is fried and then soaked in honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds.  I love these cookies but they are a little difficult to make.  I attempted to extract the exact recipe from my mother in law but they don’t measure anything and they also make these in HUGE batches – and by huge I mean about 10-15kg at a time.  Because they are so time consuming many families will get together to split the work and then share the bounty.   I’m going to use Christine’s recipe to…

Beghrir with Nutella and Wild Raspberries

I think one of my very favorite Moroccan foods is beghrir.  They are light airy pancakes that are cooked only on one side and are incredibly versatile.  I have toyed with the idea of making them savory instead of sweet something like an accompaniment to moo shu chicken (since we don’t do pork).  It hasn’t happened yet but it’s on the back burner!  For now I will stick with the sweet version.One of the great things about living in the Midwest is wild fruit.  It’s that time of summer where the bushes are full of wild raspberries, huckleberries, thimble berries, blackberries,…

Date Cookies

Tea Time: Date Cookies

A long term project of mine is to learn to make several different kinds of Moroccan cookies.  Moroccan patisseries (cookie/tea shops) are chock-full of small bite-size cookies that can be bought by the plate or by the kilo.  There are women in communities who specifically make these cookies for celebrations.  The one characteristic of these spreads is that they are time consuming, they really are.  Imagine making hundreds of tiny cookies – by hand!  For a large wedding the process takes several days.  One good thing is that not all of the cookies are actually baked – many are raw…