Sunday, 12 September 2010

My latest cakes !!

I still do not love Fondant but some people love to celebrate their parties with something different..I always confirm that my favorite cake is the one made with fresh cream and fresh fruits..and I know that fondant cakes are just a fashion and it will end soon....fondant is full of sugar and not a lot of people love it..also playing with food that much "shaping figurines or making flowers and shapes" makes me sometimes feeling bad..that some poor people can not even find food to eat so what about playing with it....Anyway I do make these cakes for those who ask for and i think that i will stop doing this one day...when?? do not know yet.
Making these cakes is time and effort consuming...and it is all for the joy of seeing a piece of art.
I'll share with you some of my latest cakes pics.
Chahira Daoud

A different way to serve sandwiches in parties !!

I just wanted to show you something that i started to make as a treat on parties buffets....It is a soft sandwich bread dough but i baked it in a big "ghee tin" then sliced it and cut each slice in four or even eight portions and started to fill it with whatever sandwich filling.

In the second pic I made two big loaves one is white and the other is brown i made a mix between white flour, whole meal and rye. Then sliced each one and create a new loaf one layer white bread with meat or chicken filling and the brown layer sandwiches filled with smoked salmon or tuna...It is a nice idea to present sandwiches...every one loved it you are the pics

The first pic was for a loaf before slicing it and i decorate its top...and the second one for a ready one made from two loaves and ready to serve.
Chahira Daoud

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Happy Eid !!

Happy eid to all my friends...This Eid or "feast" is Eid al fitr....
Eid ul-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr‎), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "conclusion of the fast"; and so the holiday symbolizes the celebration of the conclusion of the month of fasting from dawn to sunset during the entire month of Ramadan (calendar month). The first day of Eid, therefore, is the first day of the month Shawwal that comes after Ramadan.
Salat (Namaz in Urdu/Persian) is a Wajib (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob (preferable) - depending on which juristic opinion is followed - Islamic prayer consisting of two raka'ah (units)[1] which is generally offered in an open field or large hall called an Eed-gah. This salaat or prayer, should be performed with Jama’at (i.e., in congregation) with extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying Allahu Akbar (God is Great), three of them in the beginning of the first raka'ah and three of them just before ruku' in the second raka'ah.[2] Eid ul-Fitr is sometimes also known as the "Smaller Eid" (Arabic: العيد الصغير al-‘īdu ṣ-ṣaghīr‎) as compared to the Eid al-Adha, which lasts four days following the Hajj and is casually referred to as the "Greater Eid" (Arabic: العيد الكبير al-‘īdu l-kabīr‎).
Muslims are commanded by God in the Qur'an to complete their fast on the last day of Ramadan and then recite God's praises all throughout the period of Eid.[3]
We prepare to celebrate it each year by buying new clothes for the kids and of course baking several kinds of cookies or biscuits....we have a large varieties..most of it are very unique and original..I make the traditional collection every year and i add to it by making some chocolate chips cookies and some butter cookies or sablee..I'd like to share the pics of my Eid cookies with you.Kahk or Ka7k...the king of our Eid cookies.A yeasted biscuits dough filled with lokoms or turkish delights and walnuts and powdered with powder sugar. Amaaazing and very unique.....we just make these in Eid.

Ghorayeba......na3maaaa..."soft and nutty flavored"...made with just three ingredients....Guess what???

The process of sifting powder sugar over my kahk.

Chocolate chips cookies.

Sablee..I was quiet exhausted so I shaped it this time using spritz cookies gadget ;))

We use to fill it with lokoms or turkish delights and walnuts but when i came to Alexandria i found that they fill it with dates i just made some changes i add cardamom, cinamon and few drops of orange blossom water.

I've never heard about this kind of biscuits or ccookies anywhere except Egypt...."Nashader biscuits" I won't translate nashader in English...It is our little secret ;))

Ok I should tell you nashader means ammonium bicarbonate powder it changes to gas by heating during baking and it gives a special lovely flavor to this kind of biscuits.

My favorite in Eid....I do not feel like Eid without it. A yeasted dough called buns or "oras" a very special and unique buns.

Maamool .

Shakalama.."What a name"!! it has a little bit the similar taste of the bounty bar filling, but more delicious indeed.

We call it in egypt "petits fours" I know that is not the right name...but that was the name our ancestors were used to call it.

Biscuits aux sesames et la confiture de framboises

My favorite in Eid mornings with a good piece of damietta white cheese...can not wait ;))

Chahira Daoud

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