I’m attending an Iftar party tonight, all the way in Dallas, Texas. Yip, me, this Brisbane mum is heading to an Iftar in the US of A. How is this possible? It’s already after Iftar time and I’m right here snuggled under a blanket in the comfort of my house.
Great idea, isn’t it? Lail from With a Spin is throwing a Virtual Iftar Potluck and she generously invited me as well as other food bloggers into her virtual home for the night. Pop on over to her site to see what everyone is bringing.
I’m taking this, a rose flavoured… Falooda? Halwa? Panna cotta? Jelly? Phirni? Call it what you will, a rose by any other name would taste as sweet. See what I did there? Please tell me you get the Shakespeare | Romeo and Juliet reference.
This is a vegetarian soft jelly type dessert that was common at my nani’s (maternal grandmother’s) house at the time of Iftar. I’m not sure why it had pride an place during Iftar, but the cooling fragrant jelly was definitely a welcomed treat after a fast. You could have it for Iftar like we did at my nani’s or you could save it for a post-Taraweeh snack (dessert).
- 1 litre milk
- 1 1/2 tsp agar agar powder
- 1/2 cup rose syrup (rooh afza)
- 1 cup cream
- optional slivered almonds and saffron for serving
Place your milk into a saucepan on a high heat. Add in your agar agar and rose syrup. Stir this constantly. When the milk mixture starts to bubble and agar agar is dissolved add in your cream. Bring the mixture to a full boil and turn off the heat. Pour your mixture through a strainer into a dish of your choosing and set aside to cool. Top with almonds and saffron and place in the fridge for a few hours until set.
I can’t wait to see what all the other attendees are making. Such a pity I won’t be able to taste everything.
Do you call it muesli or granola? I’ve always said muesli. I think granola is more of an American thing. Either way, it tastes so good! You can of course buy this from the supermarket, but homemade is just as great as store bought (if not better).
It’s also a great healthy snack to have on hand, a snack that fulfills your sweet craving whilst not being too bad for you. I decided to amp up my usual muesli recipe by making it chocolate! Yum!
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup roughly chopped nuts
- 1/2 cup rice bubbles
- 1/3 cup cocoa/cacao
- 1/2 cup milk (best to use a non animal milk, I used oat milk)
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
Pre heat your oven to 160c. Place all the dry ingredients into a bowl. add in the wet ingredients and give it all a good mix. It’s best to mix it by hand, it’ll get messy but it’s worth it. Lay the mixture onto a baking paper lined tray (or 2 if you prefer) and bake. Check on the muesli every 5-10 minutes or so and give it a good toss to avoid any bits getting burnt. The muesli should be done after 30-40 minutes or until crispy. If you have the time, leave the muesli in the oven after turning it off, this will give the muesli more time to crisp up and dry.
I won a pair Bigmouth funnels in an Instagram competition. Aren’t they great? All that muesli going straight in the jar. Their new purple/pink colours inspired me to make matching food tags, pictured above. These food labels are in PDF format, all you have to do is click here and hit print.
I was approached recently to do a cake pop demo for the local mosque’s Family Fun Day fundraiser. I accepted and a few days later got hit with the worst flu I’ve ever had. Alhumdulillah I’m much better. I thought it would be a nice idea to create a tutorial for the blog as well as an extra visual reference for anyone who needs one after the demonstration.
- You’ll need
- – Cake pops or cake pop mixture (see below)
- – Chocolate melts (or candy melts)
- – Decorations (see below for ideas)
- – Styrofoam block or baking paper lined surface
- – Cake pop sticks
1. Make your cake pop mixture.
2. Roll into even sized balls (approx. 1 inch diameter).
3. Place on a baking paper lined surface or a Styrofoam block,
4. Place the cake balls into the fridge/freezer until chocolate is set.
5. Dip your sticks into the melted chocolate about 2cm up.
6. Press the chocolate coated sticks into the cake pop just over half way in.
7. Place the cake pops in the fridge/freezer until chocolate is hard.
8. Ensure chocolate is still liquid and remove the cake pops.
9. Dip each cake pop into the chocolate ensuring all the cake pop is covered.
10. Gently tap off the excess dripping chocolate.
11. Decorate the cake pops as you wish.
How to make cake pop mixture
Standard cake pop
Bake a cake. You can use a box mix or your favourite easy recipe.
Once cooled crumble the cake and add frosting.
You’ll need approximately 1/3 cup of frosting per 3 cup of crumbed cake.
Remember this could vary greatly depending on the type of cake and it’s moistness. Add a little frosting at a time until you get a moist mouldable mixture that will hold shape.
Oreo cake pop truffle recipe
250g softened cream cheese
Crush your oreos until they’re fine crumbs. Add in your cream cheese and mix extremely well. Roll into balls.
Cake pop baking mould
Use your favourite moist cake/cupcake recipe. Fill the mixture into the bottom rounds of the pan. Keep an eye on them baking, these will bake a lot quicker than normal cupcakes.
-coloured sugar (simply mix food colouring with sugar and let dry)
-extra chocolate (or candy melts)
-food colouring pens
I think this is the first time I’m posting a recipe so soon after making it. Mr Munchies shared a picture of this Milk Tart on his personal Facebook page on Sunday and I’ve had so many requests for it since.
Milk Tart is a South African classic. A biscuit base with a smooth milky filling.
I love the effect on the top. This stencil is Martha Stewart brand. My sister in law bought it for me after visiting the US a few years ago (Thank you!). I finally pulled it out and used it. I love the way it turned out (even if it is a little too small).
If you’re reading this and you’ve never heard of Milk Tart before, seriously consider trying this, you won’t be sorry! It will become a new favourite at your place. I used South African Tennis Biscuit for the base in the recipe but any plain and simple biscuit will do.
- 250g biscuit
- 100 go butter
- 1 can condensed milk
- 3 cans fresh milk (using the condensed milk can)
- 3 1/2 tblsp corn flour
- pinch salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tblsp butter
- Ground Cinnamon
Crush your biscuits until they become fine crumbs. Melt the butter and mix it into the crumbs until combined. Press into a tart pan using the base of a glass to pat down. Also press the biscuit mix into and along the sides. (a tart pan with a removable base works best, I used a 26cm tart pan, or you could try a springform pan). Place the pan in the fridge to harden while you make the filling.
Place the condensed milk and 2 1/2 cans of milk on the stove on a med-high heat, watch it carefully and stir often so it does not stick and burn. While the milk mixture is on the stove, mix together eggs, vanilla essence, cornflour and the leftover 1/2 can of milk, beat this up well. Wait for the milk mixture to come to the boil and whisk in your egg mixture. Keep stirring until it thickens to a custard like consistency, again ensure your mixture does not burn or stick to the bottom. Once thick take off the stove and stir in your butter. Pour into your base. Dust with cinnamon until the top is lightly covered. Let the milk tart cool and place in the fridge overnight.
Adapted from Nestle South Africa’s mini cookbook “Quick and Easy Favourites – Condensed Milk”.
Who likes butterscotch? I do! In fact I just made a yummy Date, Walnut and Buttescotch cheesecake recently. With it’s silky sweet, deep toffee flavour, what’s not to like. Well I’ve got something a little different for you today, butterscotch sojee.
For those of you that don’t know, sojee is an Indian sweet dish, made with semolina which is traditionally served at the beginning of a meal, yes, Indians eat dessert first.
My mum makes the best sojee, seriously the BEST. Recently I was making her recipe when I tipped in the brown sugar in instead of the normal stuff. What? I know, total mistake, but lets keep that between us. When butterscotch sojee becomes a thang I totally want to be able to claim it was me who invented it.
This sojee has a much deeper flavour than the traditional obviously, and also a deeper, richer colour.
This recipe is purely altered by the use of brown sugar instead of white sugar. If you want a great sojee recipe, just try this with normal sugar, if you’d like to try this butterscotch version, follow the recipe below.
- 1/2 cup semolina
- 75g butter
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cardamon pwder
- a few strands if saffron
- 1 tblsp chopped almonds and some strands of saffron to serve (optional)
Add butter and semolina to a small saucepan on the stove on medium heat.Cook the semolina in the butter until it starts to lightly colour (almost pinkish), at this point take the semolina off the stove and set aside to cool a bit. In a measuring jug (or measure into a bowl) mix the eggs, milk, sugar, saffron and cardamon powder. Pour the milk mixture in a slow stream into the semolina while whisking briskly until all the milk is absorbed (your mixture will be runny). Put this back on the stove for a few minutes on a medium heat to begin to absorb. Once the liquid starts to absorb, put the stove on the lowest heat possible and cover, let it steam for about 15+ minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and the sojee is fluffy. Sprinkle on some saffron threads and chopped almonds to serve.
This year my Mr Munchies actually requested a cake for his birthday. It’s totally not like him, he usually leaves it up to me to decide. I guess he was really feeling for cheesecake.
‘Just any cheesecake’, he said.
Me? Make ‘just any cheesecake’?
I don’t think so!!!
Sorry hubby… Just kidding, I’m not sorry, this cheesecake is too good for me to be sorry, and trust me there were no complaints.
Here it is… It’s not ‘just any cheesecake’, it’s a Date, Walnut and Butterscotch Cheesecake (yes, I know you already got that from the title ;))
Date, Walnut and Butterscotch Cheesecake
- I used this tart base recipe from Taste.com
- Cheesecake Filling
- 500g cream cheese (softened)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup cream
- 1 cup dates (approx. 10 large medjool)
- Butterscotch Sauce
- 3 tblsp brown sugar
- 2 tblsp butter
- 3 tblsp cream
- To serve (optional)
- 8-10 Walnuts
- 3/4 cup cream
Make the base as per instructions on the website. Line the bottom and sides of a springform pan (21cm) with baking paper. I filled my base up the 3/4 of the way up the sides and still had some extra left over. Bake prior to filling with cheesecake.
Pre-heat oven to 150c. Beat cream cheese and sugar until it is smooth. Add vanilla essence, eggs and cream. Beat till smooth and creamy. Pit and chop dates roughly and fold through the cream cheese mixture. Pour into pre-baked tart base. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until the cheesecake seems firm with a slight wobble in the middle. Leave out to cool, chill in the fridge for an hour.
Place a small pan on medium heat on the stove. Put in the butter and sugar and cook until sugar has dissolved. Once dissolved pour in the cream and set aside. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
Place walnuts in butterscotch sauce, drip off excess sauce and set aside to cool. Beat cream until thick. Fill the cream into a piping bag with a star tip and pipe around the edge of the cheesecake and in the centre. Place cooled walnuts on each piped mound. Drizzle butterscotch sauce onto the cheesecake
Tips for a perfect cheesecake
Tap the cheesecake on the table to remove air bubbles. Place a dish of water in the oven while the cheesecake is baking. This makes for a smooth cheesecake without cracks.
Edit: After having someone test my recipe, it came to my attention that I didn’t include a pan size, which can affect the cooking time and texture. So I have updated that above. Also, every time I make this cheesecake the texture is different. Sometimes runny, sometimes thick. It depends on the fat content in the cream cheese as well as how soft the cream cheese is when I beat it. If you a have this problem, don’t despair, whichever way it is runny or thick, it will still work and still be delicious.
Loving the shots I’m getting with my new camera. Mr Munchies gave me a camera for my birthday this year, it is am-a-a-a-a-zing! I’ll be posting another recipe from his birthday soon. This was the cheesecake pre butterscotch drizzle.