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Nutmeg and lemon chocolate cake
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Nutmeg and lemon chocolate cake

Chocolate cakes are probably the most amazing things in life. I personally cannot live without them. And this gorgeously rich cake is chocolate heaven! Lemon and nutmeg are a surprising and amazingly delicious addition that makes this cake standout. It’s also very versatile: you can skip the lemon and nutmeg […]

Cardamom ice cream
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Cardamom ice cream

Cardamom is one of those spices which flavour makes you dream away into faraway lands. With its citrusy notes, it is also very versatile: you can use in savoury dishes like shawarma or to make incredibly fragrant desserts like this amazing ice cream. I love making ice cream at home. […]

Manjar Blanco
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Manjar Blanco

You’re already probably wondering: manjar what? The answer is simple: manjar blanco is the Peruvian version of dulce de leche. In other words: cooked evaporated milk. It is just too good! So good that you won’t let any little drop slip away ‘unlicked’. Whether it’s on bread, with fruit, nuts […]

Meghli ice cream
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Meghli ice cream

Meghli is originally a lovely pudding made with spices and rice flour. It is traditionally made in Lebanon to celebrate the birth of a child. For this ice cream, I am using the same spices to recreate the flavour of the traditional Meghli. The combination of cinnamon, anis and caraway […]

Chocolate pear jars
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Chocolate pear jars

I love desserts in jars. They just feel precious for some reason. You open the jar, dig deep with your spoon, slide it out, let all that creaminess melt in your mouth and dream away… To help you with these dreams, I have flavoured one of the creams with tonka […]

Bûche de Noël
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Bûche de Noël

For me Christmas isn’t complete without one these wonderful things: Bûche de Noël, Christmas yule log, a traditional French Christmas cake. I have made it a habit of making (at least) one each year, trying different flavours and combinations. It’s rolled up sponge, shaped as a log, filled with cream […]

Almond pecan pie
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Almond pecan pie

Here’s another Lebanese-inspired dessert combining nuttiness and flower power 😉 The base is a sweet pastry and the filling is frangipane. What gives it the Lebanese touch is the addition of orange blossom water. You can easily vary with the topping: instead of the pecan nuts, you can use walnuts or […]

Knefeh
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Knefeh

Whenever I go back to Lebanon, the first thing I do is pass by one of the many bakeries on the way from the airport and grab a nice, sweet, warm knefeh (knafeh, kanafeh, kunafeh or kunafah). The traditional knefeh is made with white cheese and a special type of semolina-based […]

Walnut and almond cake
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Walnut and almond cake

In Lebanon during Easter, we make wonderful pastries called ma’amoul. The whole family was involved in the making: kneading, rolling, filling, shaping (that was my specialty :-)) and of course baking. The heavenly smell filled the entire house and the hardest part was: you weren’t allowed to eat them if you […]

Lemon pie
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Lemon pie

Unlike other recipes on the blog, this lemon pie requires a bit of precision and time and you will need a thermometer to get it spot. But trust me, it is worth it! The filling is based on a recipe by Heston Blumenthal (hence the precision bit) from his book Heston […]