Homemade cookies: try out#3 Nutty Cookies

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I’ve experimented cookies made of “gluten-free “flour and almond meal. Not that I am allergic to it but to know the difference between… all-purpose flour ,gluten-free  flour and almond meal.

IMG_1113Or.. joining the so-called fad and crazy diet? 🙂

What is gluten? Gluten is the Protein content found in wheat flour. I know, we need protein in our diet  and there’s always a benefit and downsides of it.

Did I succeed?  Well, not sure yet but it seems the texture of all-purpose flour is better but in taste it seems, the same. Maybe I need more try outs before I can really know the difference.DSC_8174nutty

Anyhow, yesterday I made a nutty cookies, I used pistachio,almond and sesame seeds. I also topped it with strawberry jam.

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Ladies, am I making another fifty cookies challenge ? NOPE! just making it in my free time!

Cheers,

jamilamimi

Home baked Cheesecake: Flavour #49 Basbousa Cheesecake

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Flavour # 49  Basbousa Cheesecake
Flavour # 49
Basbousa Cheesecake

B is for basbousa…no!!! B is for birthday, alright I know this post is so late, but it’s better to be late than never 🙂

You see the background? that’s where I want to celebrate my birthday …in my dreams 🙂

Anyhow, basbousa is a traditional arabic sweet made of semolina and soaked in sugar syrup. Almond and coconut is the usual mixture and I thought why not cheese? so, here’s another flavour I did on my 55th birthday . I did two version, one with the basbousa as a crust and one ,with a cream cheese as a filling.Both were delicious and heavy calories..omg!

Basbousa with cream cheese filling
Basbousa with cream cheese filling

Ingredients:

Basbousa:

1 cup semolina

1 cup almond meal

1/2 cup melted butter

1 can condensed milk

3/4 tsp baking powder

1 cup water

1 (300G) philadelphia cream cheese

1 cup heavy cream

Syrup:

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp cornstarch and 1 cup cold water to mix

1 tbsp rose water

Direction:

Pre heat oven Gas mark#3

Combine melted butter,condensed milk and baking powder and stir well. Add semolina,almond meal and water, mix until well combined. Divide into three parts.

Meanwhile, cook the syrup ,mix all ingredients and bring it to boil until it thickens and set aside.

Mix cream cheese and heavy cream thoroughly until smooth and well combined.

Pour one part into the baking tin, add the cream cheese mixture and Pour the second part. Bake into the oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into triangular shape and pour all the sweet syrup.Chill before serving, top with pistachio or almond nuts.

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I used the last 3rd part of the basbousa as a crust for my cheesecake. Great idea huh! two birds in one shot?

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my 55th b-day cake

Ingredients:

Crust: basbousa

Filling: 

3 pkg (300G) Philadelphia cream cheese

3/4 cup whipping cream

3/4 yogurt or sour cream

3/4 sugar

3 whole eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1 tsp rose water

a pinch of salt

3 tbsp almond meal

Directions:

Pre heat oven Gas mark# 3

Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed,add whipping cream and yogurt. Combined well until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add one egg at a time, mix thoroughly ,add a pinch of salt, almond meal and rose water  together.

Pour into the prepared basbousa crust. Bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes. turn off the heat and leave the oven door open for another 30 minutes. Remove and cool at room temperature for about an hour. Chill for another 4 hours or overnight before topping and serving.

I used almond meal for topping
I used almond meal for topping

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Yahoo! happy birthday to me 🙂

Cheers,

Jamilamimi