Strawberry jam crumble tart


strawberry jam crumble tartAre you craving a sweet treat that is unfussy? Try this delicious crumble tart with any jam flavor you fancy and reap a bounty of flavors in no time!

It’s been a hektic week, juggling hundred tasks, between work and home, especially we are moving to a new flat. I wanted to prepare something sweet but very easy and effortless. Right now, i am savoring one piece of this strawberry crumble tart while writing this post.

strawberry jam crumble tart

Share with me this pleasure, head to your kitchen right away to prepare this delectable tart, I am sure you have all the ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cup flour sifted
  • 200g butter cold and cubed
  • 1/2 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 300g jam (flavor of your choice)

Mix all together until it just starts to come together. You need a crumble like dough not a solid ball of dough.

Preheat you oven 200°C. Take 3/4 of the dough and roll it in your pan (10 inches) with a half cm thickness. Bake for 10 minutes before taking out to spread the jam on top of it. Use any jam you favor, i chose strawberry for this time.

Crumble the rest of the dough over the jam and bake again for another 10 minutes.

strawberry jam crumble tart

Let it cool before serving. Personally i like it at room temperature and also cold from the fridge. It’s one of the treats light in efforts but rich in flavors just bake and slice!

strawberry jam crumble tartSatisfy your sweet tooth and Sahtein!

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Spinach and cream cheese lasagna


spinach and cream cheese lasagna

Spinach is one of the most versatile vegetables to include in your meals. For a dish perfect in spring, try this delectable spinach and cream cheese lasagna done in no time!

spinach and cream cheese lasagnaWe all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach. Give your kids the habit to eat healthy and delicious. Among the World’s Healthiest vegetables, spinach comes out at the top of the ranking list for nutrient richness.

To make this lasagna you need:

  • 500g chopped spinach (thawed if frozen)
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 medium onion diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • lasagna sheets
  • 1 cup shredded emmental
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan
  • salt to taste

Bring olive oil to heat and cook the onions until tender and fragrant. Add the spinach and cook until done. Take off the heat add the cream cheese and combine. Stir in the heavy cream.

To assemble, use a rectangular or square casserole dish, keeping in mind that a larger one will produce less layers and a smaller one will produce more.

spinach and cream cheese lasagna

Start with a layer of spinach cream cheese, lay down pasta sheets, add another layer of spinach cream cheese to cover followed by parmesan. Keep in mind, you will have to divide the cup of parmesan equally in your layers. Repeat (pasta – spinach cream cheese – parmesan) until you finish by a layer of spinach cream cheese and the thick layer of emmental cheese.

spinach and cream cheese lasagnaPreheat oven on 200°C and bake for 25-30 minutes. Slice and enjoy!

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Mandarin pound cake


IMG_5193I’ve been craving this tangy cake for long! A real pleasure to the palate, made with fresh mandarin (you can replace it with fresh oranges) and comes with a warning label: ADDICTIVE!

This pound cake is not just looking amazing but it’s also uber delicious;  As its name suggests, it’s citrusy, rich and buttery, and will surely please a lot of people. A lot of you would like NOW to pick a piece or two out of the screen.

IMG_5175This recipe calls for:

Cake batter:

  • 1cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (227g about 2 sticks)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup grated mandarin zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed mandarin juice
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tbsp rum

Mandarin syrup:

  • 1/2 cup mandarin juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Mandarin glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed mandarin juice

Many times it happens a recipe calls for buttermilk and you realize you don’t have or find at the nearest supermarket. Luckily you can do it at home in just 5 minutes. All you need is a cup of milk and 1 tbsp of vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon. Pour the milk on the vinegar and let it rest for 5-10 mns. I am sure lot of you will never buy again buttermilk once you know this easy substitution. If the recipe calls for more than a cup of buttermilk you can easily double the quantity.

Heat the oven to 180°C. Grease and flour your bundt pan.

Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, beat in the eggs, one at a time, and the mandarin zest.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the mandarin juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Pour the batter in the pan and smooth the tops.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a wooden skewer comes out clean.

IMG_5206Meantime while the cake is getting baked, prepare the syrup: Cook 1/2 cup of granulated sugar with 1/2 cup mandarin juice in a small saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves. When the cake is done, let it cool for 10 minutes. Take it out of the pan and place it on a baking rack set over a tray. Spoon the mandarin syrup over and allow it to cool completely.

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To glaze, combine the confectioners sugar and mandarin juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Add a few more drops of juice, if necessary, to make it pour easily. Pour over the top and allow to dry.

Wrap well, and store in the refrigerator.

Now I am sure it won’t last long stored in your fridge but it will be a staple in it especially it’s spring time!

IMG_5195Happy Baking!

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Another list of 8 tips and tricks probably you didn’t know before!


tips and tricksAfter posting the first list here are another worth knowing 8 tips and tricks. I am sure they will as helpful as time savers!

garlic

1- Garlic loses some of its flavor when refrigerated. Keep it in a cool dry place, like the bottom of a cupboard or pantry. Fresh cut garlic becomes more bitter the longer it’s exposed to air, so it’s best to chop it right before you’re going to use it because the flavor changes in 15 to 20 minutes.

bowl-of-brown-sugar

2- If you ever run out of brown sugar, you can make your own at home by mixing 1 cup of sugar and 2 tbsp of molasses. It only takes two minutes!

chilling drinks

3- To chill your drink in exactly 2 minutes, soak it in ice water and salt, it will drop by 19°C, due to the second law of thermodynamics.

marinade-crop

4- Ideal marinating time for better food:

  • chicken: minimum 30 minutes  to 6 hours max
  • fish and shrimps: minimum 15 minutes  to 30 minutes max
  • lamb, beef and pork: minimum 4 hours to 12 hours max

cake slice

5- To cut a perfect slice of cake, warm your knife by putting it under hot running water for few minutes, or simply soak it in a jug of hot water, then dry it with a paper towel.

diced onions

6- If you are using raw onions in a salsa or salad, rinse the diced onion under cold water then blot dry to get rid of sulfurous gas that might ruin your food if you don’t eat it in the next 20 minutes.

rice

7- Ripen your fruit faster by burying in rice. A container of rice makes it easy for the fruit’s ethylene gas to stick around longer, and promote ripening.

frying

8- Want to know if your oil is hot enough for frying? stick a wooden skewer or spoon in the oil. If bubbles form around the wood then you are good to go.

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“Mini chef in the kitchen” 4 – delicious brownies with M&M


M&M browniesThis simple and quick recipe is packed with chocolate flavor just as your kid loves it! It’s a basic recipe every mom should share with her mini chefs!

M&M brownies nadyYou will need:

  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • M&M for sprinkling on top

Mix all dry ingredients; flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Let your mini chef sift the cocoa powder.

sifting cocoa

In a separate bowl mix eggs, vanilla and oil then add them to the dry ingredients.

mixing the batterMy son loves mixing! It is the best part for him, but don’t over mix, just the time to let all ingredients combined.

whisking the batterYou can’t imagine how beneficial this exercise is, especially on the cognitive and motor skills. Click benefits of cooking with your kids to learn more about it.

Back to our delicious brownies, pour the batter in a greased baking dish (8×12”) and sprinkle the top with M&Ms.

sprinkle M&MPreheat oven (200°C) and bake for 20-25 mins or until skewer comes out clean.

M&M basic browniesYou can add more M&Ms after baking, some might drown in! My mini chef suggestion!. Wait until is set to room temperature and cut. Get ready, by this time you will be asked thousand of times if it’s ready to be cut!

M&M brownies piecesM&M brownies nady2As i always say, the best part is when your kids taste the reward of their efforts. Now it’s time to pack some for the teacher in the nursery, friends and uncle to taste Nady’s chef d’oeuvre. He loves to share being proud of what he did!

M&M brownies - little chefI can assume it’s one of the best brownies i tasted. Crispy edges with chewy inside. Can’t get enough of it. It’s going to be the brownies recipe from now on!

M&M brownies biteTry it also with ice cream or chocolate sauce! Enjoy your time with your kids and have loads of educational fun !

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