Madeleine with Pistachios

I love to have always some desserts ready at home to have them with tea or coffee, especially when I receive friends. Of course, my favorites desserts are home made. The madeleines  are easy and quick to prepare, within half an hour they are ready; this is why I use to make them when I invite my friends over. One good  friend of mine who lives now in another country recently told that she misses the madeleines I made and asked me for the recipe. So I decided to make her happy, and to share this recipe with you today. I hope you will enjoy it as well.

It is recommended that you have the special mold for this shape of madeleine.

Ingredients: for about 14 pieces

  • 2 eggs
  • 70 gs of butter+ one tablespoon soft butter
  • 3/4cup of icing sugar
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1and a half teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons of roughly chopped pistachios
  • a pinch of salt


  • Preheat the oven on 200C, and grease the madeleine’s mold with the soft butter
  • In a bowl mix the eggs with the sugar
  • Melt the butter in the microwave and add it to the mixture
  • Add the flour and the baking powder and mix well, and at the end put the pistachios
  • Fill each of the molds with some batter, and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Don’t let the madeleines be over cooked
  • Remove  from the oven, and let it set for a few minutes in the molds, then remove it and let it cool on a wire rack.


Orange Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Lucky you, I am posting double today 🙂

This recipe for the cake is very malleable for variations. Instead orange juice, you can use milk or lemon juice or even yogurt. Also, instead of making white cake like the one I made today, you can replace 3 tablespoons of flour with the same amount of cacao, and you will have a chocolate cake… BE CREATIVE and EXPERIMENT.


  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla  essence
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven at 180C.
  • Grease a cake round tin, then sprinkle it with flour
  • In a bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the vanilla until pale
  • Add the the sugar and mix until completely dissolve
  • Now put the soft butter
  • Alternate the flour and the orange juice, mix well until the batter is soft and creamy, at the end add the baking powder and the chocolate chips
  • Put the mix in a cake tin and bake in the oven about 40 minutes. You know the cake is done when you insert a wood stick in it and it comes out dry
  • After its done, remove it and leave it in the tin few minutes to settle and then turn it onto a rack to cool completely

In the meantime prepare the chocolate frosting.

Ingredients for the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 1 small teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons of cacao


  • Mix all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy, and spread it all over the cake




المشبك هو نوع من الحلويات اللبنانية التي غالبا ما نجدها في الاسواق أيام شهر رمضان المبارك أو خلال عيدي البربارة وانتقال السيدة العذراء, ولذا, ولانني أحب أن آكل هذه الحلوى في جميع أوقات السنة وليس فقط وقت المناسبات فلقد تعلمت وصفتها من والدتي, رحمها الله, التي كانت تشترط علينا مساعدتها لكي تحضرها لنا.

ومع أنني حتى اليوم لم أستطع أن أتقن فن صبها في الزيت بطريقة مثالية كما نراها في الاسواق, الا أني متأكدة أن طعمها لذيذ جدا وسوف أشارككم هذه الوصفة.



  • • كوبان من الطحين
  • • ملعقة كبيرة من نشاء الذرة مذابة في نصف كوب من الماء الفاتر
  • • ملعقة كبيرة من خميرة البيرة الفورية
  • • رشة ملح صغيرة
  • • ليتر من زيت القلي

طريقة التحضير:

  • • يمزج الطحين مع الملح والخميرة ويضاف الى هذه المقادير النشاء, ثم يضاف الماء الفاتر الى أن تصبح العجينة متوسطة الكثافة (مثل اللبن تقريبا)
  • • توضع العجينة في وعاء, تغطى بمنشفة وتترك في مكان دافىء حوالي الساعة, أو لحين تبدأ فقاعات هواء تظهر على سطحها, وذلك يعني أن حجمها قد تضاعف
  • • توضع العجينة في قنينة بلاستيك لها رأس رفيع, لتسهيل سكبها, أو توضع داخل كيس نايلون , ونحدث ثقبا صغيرا بزاويته
  • • يحمى الزيت في طنجرة على نار متوسطة, ثم تصب العجينة على شكل دوائر وتقلى وحين تنزع عن النار توضع مباشرة في القطر المعد سابقا
  • • يرفع المشبك من القطر ويوضع في صحن التقديم مباشرة

طريقة عمل القطر:

يغلى 4 أكواب من السكر مع كوبين من الماء جيدا حتى يشتد, بعد ذلك يوضع في القطر عصير نصف ليمونة حامض, وحين يرفع عن النار يضاف الى القطر ملعقة كبيرة من ماء الزهر.
وهذه كانت حلوى اليوم أرجو أن تنال اعجابكم.
وألف صحتين..

Rice with milk (dessert)

This dish is the kind of sweet which can be eaten after a meal, or as a snack, even for breakfast. When we were young me and my brothers use to eat it with french bread and kashkawal cheese, and we still like to eat it this way until now. Sometimes the child inside  me, doesn’t want to grow up 😛

Rice and milk


  • 1/2 cup of egyptian rice, half boiled
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of corn flour diluted with 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of  flower water
  • White musk (one teaspoon), crushed with one teaspoon of sugar


  • Put the rice in 1/2 cup of water and boil it until the rice is half cooked
  • Boil the milk in a pot and then add the rice and stir continuously until the rice is well cooked
  • Add the sugar, and stir until the sugar is dissolved
  • Put the corn flour in half a cup of water and mix it, add it now to the milk and rice, stir until the milk thickens
  • Now you can add the white musk
  • Turn off the fire and add the flower water
  • Put the mixture in small cups and when its cold you can decorate them with pistachios or dried raisins

C’est fini!

Chocolate cake with chocolate glaze



  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of icing sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao
  • 2 tablespoons powder milk, to be diluted with 2 tablespoons of water
  • one teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.


  • Mix the eggs until pale, add the vanilla and the sugar
  • put the soft butter and mix until the mixture is smooth
  • add the flour, the cacao, the milk and baking powder, and mix for about 3 minutes

Grease a small round cake mold and dust it with flour. Put the cake mixture in the oven on 180C  and bake for about 15minutes. Remove the cake from the tin and cool it on a rack.

The glaze:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 spoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cacao


  • Mix all the ingredients together with a fork, if its very thick you can add a little of water
  • When the cake is cold put the glaze on the top and sides .