Flan cake…It works!

This weird miraculous 3 layered cake gives you a feeling while preparing it that it will fail for sure but miraculously it works out in the oven and the look and taste is really good! It is basically made of 3 layers of caramel, flan and chocolate cake. It has an interesting name in arabic…

Egyptian Baklava: Stuffed with cream

Baklava or as pronounced in Arabic as “baklawa” is one of the most famous desserts from the Middle East. I have not met anyone yet who does know this dessert. There are many middle eastern desserts, but this one has made it many years ago on the wall of fame. There is no doubt about it, it…

English Trifle with some Egyptian twists

I was invited 20 years ago to my one of my best Egyptian friend’s birthday. Her mom, May Allah bless her soul, used to make for her birthday every year the trifle. It is originally English and it is layers of sponge fingers or cake, custard, jam and fruits. In Egypt, we do not use…

Egyptian Eid butter cookies “El ghorayeba”

That would be a special night, the last night in Ramadan when every mom starts to prepare the dough for different types of cookies and put them in so many dark trays. Many years ago, we used to walk to the bakery “el forn” to bake the cookies for us since the trays were huge…

Kunafa with mahlabiya and pineapple

Kunafa is one of the very famous traditional middle eastern desserts. Kunafa is very long thin pastry kind of looking like soft and very thin angel hair pasta. Something has been going on with kunafa lately, for some reason there is a trend to fill it with tons of different flavors and options. Long time ago the…

Middle eastern donuts: zalabia

Zalabya or Loqmet el qady is the middle eastern version of donuts. They are crunchy from outside though and covered with powdered sugar or more traditionally a sugar syrup. The best you can ever eat is in Alexandria, Egypt. They are all shaped like perfect sized small balls as in donuts holes. Unless you make…

Om Ali recipe…The Egyptian bread pudding

Om Ali  “Ali’s mother” is an Egyptian dessert that could remind you kind of bread pudding if you have never tasted it before. It is usually served in small clay baking dish as individual portions. Om Ali dessert came from a long amazing and bit dark history mixed with the Egyptian folklore. For sure, it has…

Egyptian basboosa: my favorite dessert!

    Basboosa is my favorite dessert since I was a little kid. If you have never tried it before, it might be close in description to a very thin crumbly cake covered with a lot of syrup. So it is moist, sweet and dissolves in your mouth. It is GOOD! In Egypt, almost every bakery…

Mahalabiya the very easy and yummy Egyptian milk custard

Mahalabiya is one of the traditional Egyptian desserts. However, I do not believe it has the same popularity as the rice pudding does. I remember the first time I tried it was at a seafood place!! They brought a small bowl made of clay filled with mihalabeya after a huge seafood meal and it was on the…

The secret of crispy qatayef

Qatayef is the most traditional Ramadan dessert. I do not recall eating it except during the fasting month of Ramadan but at that time, I would like to eat it every single night after Iftar. In middle east countries, you can get the qatayef dough from the bakery, fresh and ready made to be stuffed right…