• Layali Lubnan
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Layali Lubnan (Semolina Pudding)

    If you love an easy dessert that requires minimal prep time and no baking then this is for you! Layali Lubnan is a semolina pudding that translates to Lebanese nights. It is very popular in Lebanon hence the name but also throughout the Middle East. There are two main layers to Layali Lubnan. The first is the semolina pudding which is then topped with a layer of ashta (clotted cream). This dessert is then topped with an abundance of chopped pistachios for needed crunch and color. Lastly, once completely chilled and ready to be served; it is doused in simple syrup which is where the sweetness comes from in this…

  • stuffed dates 5 ways
    Appetizers,  Dessert,  Snacks

    Stuffed Dates 5 ways

    Dates are a fantastic naturally sweetened fruit! They are so versatile and can be enjoyed both sweet and savory with many applications. In this case, I stuffed dates 5 ways that will surely make for the perfect bite! These stuffed dates have made for such a healthy snack to keep on hand in our fridge especially post-workout! These are also visually appealing and fun to make for guests, especially during Ramadan where dates are consumed daily for an extra source of energy. Dates come in all kinds of varieties like Ajwa, Sukkari, Deglet Noor, and Medjool which happens to be my favorite. For most of my date recipes. I use…

  • closeup of cake
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Sticky Date Pudding

    This sticky date pudding is what dreams are made of! It is so moist and full of date flavor. The cake is subtly sweet despite being drizzled with a silky smooth butterscotch sauce. The cake itself has minimal sugar and is sweetened mainly from the date’s natural sweetness. The homemade butterscotch sauce gives it a luscious and extra moist texture while the nuts offer a needed crunch. When I think dates, I automatically think of Ramadan and with it upon us; this is the perfect cake for the occasion. Imagine this as the center piece dessert that I promise everyone will enjoy. Serve with the homemade butterscotch sauce and some…

  • almond semolina cake
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Almond Cake

    I was visiting my family in New Jersey several months ago when my aunt served me a slice of almond cake. Now, I love my aunt’s cooking and baking; and she had never served me this dessert before! So, I was intrigued to try and let me tell you; it is delicious! This almond cake recipe is actually addicting and I don’t even like cake! If I do eat cake, it has to be light, moist, and not overly sweet which this cake recipe hits all those notes. I did tweak the recipe by cutting down the sweetness but this is purely inspired by my aunt’s cake. Potential of this…

  • cheese danish
    Brunch,  Dessert

    Crescent Roll Cheese Danish

    You need to try this shortcut version to the danishes you all love to buy at the local supermarket and bakeries! This crescent roll cheese danish is absolutely light, not too sweet, creamy with a hint of citrus. I was very pleased with how these came out and I couldn’t wait to share with you as I know how much you guys love an easy sweet treat! The touch of jam on top really takes it over the top with flavor. You can use any jam that you prefer for this cheese danish; I went ahead with fig! Crescent rolls really come in handy when in a pinch. It is…

  • chocolate mousse
    Dessert,  Gluten Free

    Easy Chocolate Mousse

    Okay, drop everything that you are doing and go get the ingredients for this super easy chocolate mousse. It is amazing! Anyone who has tried it while recipe testing will concur. Imagine a very creamy, chocolate forward, silky smooth mousse. It is light and not overly sweet; honestly it is perfection! Oh, and there is no baking required! So, this no bake dessert is perfect for those who shy away from the oven. It is fairly simple to make too, just need to follow a few technical steps carefully and you will achieve chocolate perfection. I promise this easy dessert will be a winner in your household amongst your family…

  • Biscoff cheesecake recipe
    Dessert

    Biscoff Cheesecake Recipe

    Let me start off by saying that this no bake cheesecake is out of this world good. I mean, people love cookie butter for a really good reason. It is some delicious stuff! This biscoff cheesecake recipe was pretty much made on accident you can say. I was looking at my no bake lotus cake recipe on my blog and wanted a fancier way of presenting it. I wanted all those gorgeous layers to show and for it to just look as mouthwatering as it tasted. That is when I slightly tweaked my original recipe to make this biscoff cheesecake recipe which is also a no bake cheesecake. WIN WIN!…

  • sliced citrus olive oil cake
    Dessert

    Citrus Olive Oil Cake

    I can’t help but bake during the holiday season! I mean, I always loved baking but something about making fresh cakes and cookies this time of year is extra special. It reminds me so much of my days working at the bakery where I have some of my fondest memories. Now, if you didn’t know, olive oil is a staple ingredient in any Middle Eastern home. It is literally our liquid gold. Ever thought of olive oil in a sweet treat? Trust me, it works! You will see when you try this citrus olive oil cake. It adds such a fragrant and moist flavor to this baked treat. What Citrus…

  • linzer cookies
    Dessert

    Linzer Cookies

    This post was sponsored by Kroger and Vermont Creamery. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of The Kroger Co. It is that time of year where holiday baking is in full effect. One of my absolute favorite desserts to bake are cookies! They are easy, pretty, and always so delicious. You can’t go wrong! These Linzer cookies not only look festive but are melt in your mouth good! If you didn’t know, a linzer cookie is basically a shortbread cookie sandwiched with raspberry preserves. And a shortbread cookie is mainly a sophisticated butter cookie. I worked at a bakery for 10 years, and one…

  • sahlab drink
    Dessert,  Drinks

    Sahlab

    This is the beverage my mom would for our family on cold winter nights! It gives you all the cozy feels and takes just a few minutes to make. Sahlab is a Middle Eastern milk pudding drink that is often adorned with cinnamon, nuts, and other fixings of your choice. It is creamy, lightly sweetened, and fills you with warmth. Whenever I make this drink, I can’t help but think of my family and this time of year. It is honestly the only time we enjoyed it since it is perfect for cooler months. What is awesome about sahlab is it can easily be vegan too. I have made it…