Banana Date Cake

My husband has been away on a trip and before he left he bought a large bag of bananas. My daughter eats a banana every day with breakfast, but we were left with about 9 that had reached the point that they weren’t nice enough for anything but some good ole banana bread.

I haven’t made banana bread in a long time, so I went to my typical trusty source for recipes: Allrecipes. I found one titled “Banana Crumb Muffins” and decided it looked promising. One tip I would like to suggest anytime that you use a recipe online is to check and see if there are any comments. A lot of times your will find helpful tips that make the recipe even better.



Banana Date Cake/Muffins
[This recipe makes 1 small bundt cake, about 16 mini muffins or about 8 regular sized muffins]

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla (I used powder)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup melted butter
3 very ripe mashed bananas
4-5 tbsp. date paste (I used premade, but you can make your own)
For the crumb topping
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. flour
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp. butter

Directions:
1 – Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
2 – Lightly grease (I used butter) your cake pan (I used a bundt tin) or muffin pan.
3 – In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and vanilla (if you use liquid vanilla, add it with the wet ingredients instead)
4 – In another bow, beat together the bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter.
5 – stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until it is moistened.
6 – Spoon the batter into the pan half-way. Add the date-paste (for my cake I added the date paste like a ring all the way around the bundt tin — for muffins I formed little balls and pressed them into the batter) Add the rest of the batter on top covering the date paste.
7 – In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle the topping over your cake or muffins.
8 – bake in  the oven for about 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Banana Date Mini Muffins

I hope that you enjoy this recipe. If you give it a try, be sure to leave me a comment below telling me what you think!

الحمدلله

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Ramadan Recipes: Tomato Macaroni Beef Soup


Tomato Macaroni Beef Soup

Ingredients:
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1 cup of ground beef
-1 small onion [chopped]
-1 tomato chopped
-1 cup macaroni
-4 tbsp oats
-4 tbsp tomato paste
-2 tbsp Arabic mixed spice
-salt & pepper (to taste)
-1 tbsp chopped parsley/dried parsley
-8 cups of water

Method:
*{I use a multicooker to make my soups, but you can use a slow cooker or a  regular pot.}
1. Brown onion, tomato and beef with the olive oil (if you’re using a multicooker/slow cooker do this in a frying pan and then add it to your cooker — if you’re using a regular pot do this in the pot)
2. Add the rest of ingredients to your pot and cook (if stovetop put it on a low heat and check it now and again to make sure that you don’t need to add any water)
3. Leave it in your cooker/pot for about an hour. (Check and see if you want to add any more salt/pepper — If you are cooking stovetop you might want to add the macaroni after the first 30 mins if you don’t like them to be too soft)
4. Add the parsley and serve with lemon.

Enjoy!

الحمدلله
♥

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Ramadan Recipes: White Chicken & Oats Soup

 

White Chicken & Oats Soup


Ingredients:
-1 tbsp olive oil
-2 chicken breasts [cubed]
-1 small onion [chopped]
-1/3 cup lentils [rinsed]
-6 tbsp oats
-1 tbsp cumin
-salt & pepper (to taste)
-1 tbsp chopped parsley/dried parsley
-8 cups of water

Method:
*{I use a multicooker to make my soups, but you can use a slow cooker or a  regular pot.}
1. Brown onion and chicken with the olive oil (if you’re using a multicooker/slow cooker do this in a frying pan and then add it to your cooker — if you’re using a regular pot do this in the pot)
2. Add the rest of ingredients to your pot and cook (if stovetop put it on a low heat and check it now and again to make sure that you don’t need to add any water)
3. Leave it in your cooker/pot for about an hour. (Check and see if you want to add any more salt/pepper)
4. Add the parsley and serve with lemon.

Enjoy!

الحمدلله

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Rose Milk Tea

I was living in Iowa before I came to work in Saudi and there was this bubble tea shop at the local mall that sold chilled milk teas with those little tapioca pearls at the bottom. My favorite was the rose milk tea. It was slightly sweet with a subtle taste of rose and the creamy texture of milk. Ooh, how I’ve missed those!

I took a little nap after work today and when I woke up I was craving a cup of coffee, but decided that the caffeine probably wasn’t a good idea if I wanted to get back to sleep at a decent hour. Instead I thought to make a cup of tea.

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I turned on the electric kettle to boil some water. On the stove I heated some milk. In a cup I put 3 rose buds, a drop of rose water and 1 black teabag. Once the water was boiled I filled the cup about a third of the way and let the tea steep. When the milk became hot I added 2 tablespoons of sugar and then used my frothing wand to make some foam. I removed the rose buds and then poured the sweet milk into the cup. I left the teabag for another minute and then removed it.

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My experimental rose milk tea was absolutely perfect and instantly reminded me of a hot boba less version of the bubble tea that I used to get while living in IA.

Definitely give it a try!

الحمد لله‎


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Kbaybah Ha’il • كبيبا حائل

How to make
Kbaybah Ha’il • كبيبا حائل

Almost 3 years ago my friend A taught me how to make this dish. It’s actually Y’s favorite dish and although it takes a long time to prepare and cook I’m always happy to do it because seeing him enjoy it makes the process 100% worthwhile.

To make Kbaybah Ha’il you will need:
*Egyptian rice
*Grape leaves
*Olive oil
*Onion
*Tomato
*Parsley
*Lemon
*Spices (mixed spice or curry)
*Broth/stock

الحمد لله‎


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Cake in a Mug

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Super simple…
Super delicious…
Super lazy…
Cake in a Mug

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In your favorite mug mix together:
1 egg
1 tsp milk
3 tbsp nutella
4 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp flour
Pop it in the microwave for two minutes.

If you’re anything like me then you won’t be able to fully enjoy this sweet treat without a nice cup of coffee.

الحمد لله‎


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