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A recipe to elevate your date cake to the next level

date walnut cakeLiving in the gulf, offers abundance in dates. You find it everywhere, specially now it’s ramadan. I’ve been looking for the perfect recipe for a cake, which meets my expectations, not being too sweet.

date walnut cakeI’ve been told eating dates leads to a shorter labor. There is no study that proves or negates, but what’s the harm?! I was thinking why i don’t incorporate dates in my daily regime. I would do anything if it leads to easier labor.

date walnut cakeThis perfect recipe of date walnut cake, enliven your classic recipe and takes it to the next level. It will be your favorite breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or juice, or at anytime of the day, you will love it.

  • 250g dates, pitted and chopped
  • 4 tbs softened butter (almost 60g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 200°C. Combine dates, butter, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Pour the hot coffee into the bowl and combine. Allow the mixture to cool for 15 minutes before adding the egg, vanilla, baking powder, and flour, mixing gently until smooth. Stir in the walnuts. Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for 35-45mns or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

date walnut cakeThe reason we put hot coffee is that its acidity reacts with the baking soda to produce rise. Plus it gives a subtle dimension to the flavors without being identified in the final outcome. You can substitute with just water but it won’t be that moist and a bit more dense.

After it is completely cool, you can slice it and serve it with coffee, juice or topped with cream cheese. Wrap it airtight to store at room temperature for several days or in the fridge for longer storage.

date walnut cakedate walnut cakeIt’s a really wholesome cake i recommend, i am sure if you are dates lover you will be making it more often. You will be addicted to it!

This might be my last post now from qatar, as i am traveling to Beirut to deliver my precious “Joud”. I’ll try my best to post at least once a week. I will miss you 🙂

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tiramisu oh tiramisu! Warning: it’s addictive!


It’s always thrilling to get involved in food preparation, especially in family gatherings. I believe it adds warmth and fun. Meeting over food is a no fail plan, always!

Tiramisu, an italian bliss suitable for your cravings, so addictive you will be coming for more!


You will need:

  • 500g mascarpone cheese
  • 20 lady finger
  • half cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 tbsp rum
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 1 1/2 cup of warm water
  • cocoa for topping
  • cherry or strawberry for decoration


Mix mascarpone, sugar and 2 tbsp of the rum. Add 1-2 tbsp water to make it more diluted.

In a bowl mix the warm water, coffee and remaining rum.

In a cup put some of the cheese mixture and insert 3-4 lady finger (depending on your cups size) after dipping in the coffee rum mix.

Cover with mascarpone and sprinkle some cocoa. Decorate with cherry or strawberry. This quantity yields 8-10 portions depending on the size of your cups.


Serve it to your loved ones and give them the pleasure to enjoy a dessert and a smile!


Buon appetito!

sfouf – a lebanese toothsome delicacy (a healthy egg free cake)


Sfouf is one of the traditional lebanese sweets. Considered as the eggless cake. Super delicious recipe to be noted:


  • 2 1/4 cups semolina flour
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn oil
  • 2 tbsp powdered milk
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 cup water


Very simple and easy! Combine semolina flour, flour, sugar, powdered milk, baking powder and sieved turmeric. Mix well together and add the oil then water.

Pour batter into greased pan, sprinkle with pine seeds and walnuts.

Bake for 35-40 mns, until the skewer comes out clean.

The best companion of coffee or tea and a healthy homemade dessert for your kids!

General knowledge:

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.