All posts filed under: Desserts

Strawberry sorbet and sugar free mango ice cream

Summer is here! Here are easy two ice cream recipes that help you beat the scorching heat. Strawberry sorbet (Slightly adapted from David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop) Ingreditents: 1 kg. strawberries, rinsed and hulled 1/4 cup sugar Pinch of salt Directions: 1) Cut the strawberries in half and mix the sugar, making sure all strawberries are evenly covered. Let it sit for 1 hour. 2) Using a food processor or blender, blend the strawberries.  3) Use you ice cream maker as per manufacturer’s instructions. 4) If you don’t have an ice cream maker, just freeze the strawberries until desired hardness is achieved. Sugar free mango ice cream 1 kg overripe mangoes, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup milk Directions: 1) Blend the chopped mangoes, cream and milk until it becomes a smoothie. 2) Repeat steps 2 or 3 from the Strawberry Sorbet recipe **The only difference of using an ice cream maker is that it expedites the freezing time. 

Breakfast at Eggspectation – Medina Centrale, The Pearl Qatar

Friday food ritual for many people in Qatar can be categorized into two: breakfast or brunch. As my family prefer early morning breakfast, we usually head out from home at around 9:00am. Too early on a weekend? Nah, and the restaurants here are a testament to that. Three weeks ago, we decided to try out Eggspectation. We were expecting it to be fairly busy so we took our sweet time going there. Arrived at around 9:30 and man, what greeted us there was like lunch time on a weekday. It was full to the hilt with a 15-minute waiting time. The place was bustling and the staff were zooming in and out like busy bees. Exactly 15 minutes later, we were seated and our orders were taken. So, given the crowd that they had, we were expecting that the food will take time.  But we were so happily wrong, it arrived in less than our waiting time.  Hmm, things were looking good. Ambience The place has a very nice buzzing vibe. The interiors are spacious …

Recipe: Chocolate Crinkles

It’s just one of those many days that I want chocolate. Like really want it. But not just any chocolate will do.  I want the soft, sugary and soothing crinkles.  It’s like love when you see it. Smell it.  Taste it. *Drool* I have found many variations of how to make crinkles but this one that I’m sharing now has been formulated by yours truly (from my old blog) to make it quick and easy. It works, I promise.  The only tricky part here is mixing the dough (that is if you do not have an electric mixer) as it can get very, very sticky. Chocolate Crinkles Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder 2 cups white sugar 1/2 cup sunflower oil or any vegetable oil 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Confectioners’ sugar (for coating) Directions: 1. Mix the cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, and then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, …

Recipe: Waffles with caramel sauce 

One of the perks of waking up early is that you get to have the house all to yourself. And because of the peace and quiet, I found clarity on what to make for breakfast; waffles!  The high maintenance cousin of pancakes, these little sweethearts are just a meal on their own or can be eaten as a dessert. Whichever way you eat it, happiness will ensue. Waffle with Caramel Sauce: *If you’re going to make the sauce, make sure you do it before the waffles. Ingredients Caramel sauce: 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Waffles: 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons sugar a pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups milk 2 large eggs 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled Directions: For caramel sauce: 1. Using a saucepan, combine sugar and water in medium low heat. 2. Once dissolved, increase heat and boil until syrup is golden brown in color.  3. Add cream, please be very careful as the …

Emirgan Sütis – Al Emadi Bldg., C-Ring Road

Turkish restaurants in Qatar are a dozen a dime. It ranges from the quick and cheap eats to high-end restaurants. With so many to choose from, I think Emirgan Sütis’ edge is that it’s in the heart of the city and being mid-priced that it is, you can expect a very decent meal and a nice ambiance. And the good food helps as well. The place is decorated nicely plus they have an outdoor sitting ( non-smoking though) with cute fairy lights. We were to late to try their iftar menu, so we went for their a la carte. Unfortunately, there were no more of the Iskander and Doner Kebab  as it was the one offered in the iftar set. Food ordered Ayran I love, love this drink! It’s so refreshing; salty and creamy. It cleanses my palate and prepares it for the incoming food. Plus they serve it in these very cute aluminum cups that’s just so photo-ready.  Cold mezzeh (ordered separately) The baba ghanoush had the right smokines to it, which for me, …

Baked Chocolate Glazed Donuts

My daughter is now here in Qatar, hurrah! And because of that, my niece is now a regular weekend visitor at our place. With kids around, it means that we must have an endless food supply otherwise they will start wrecking havoc.  Sweet stuff are must and as I’m minimizing their junk food intake, I decided to bake chocolate donuts for them  which is a (ahem) “healthier” option than their fried (but oh so yummy) variety. I got the recipe from this website http://www.annieschamorrokitchen.com/baked-yeast-donuts/. The recipe provided different types of glazes but it was too much for my tired being to make so I only opted for the choco glaze.  The result? very light and delicious donuts! It’s as good as fried donuts with less oil. I convinced myself that since it’s healthier, I can eat as much as I want. However,  the kids and my husband beat me to it. I haven’t even finished glazing all the donuts when they started eating. I made about 2 dozens but they just gobbled it all up. …

Lazy Eats: “Un-classic” Tiramisu

My husband and I were supposed to share a Victoria cake slice that I got from Megamart yesterday. Until my friend saw and devoured it before I could blink. So now, we had a dilemna: both of us are now hankering for something sweet. But since our oven is still not fixed, baking is not an option. Here comes tiramisu to the rescue. Easy enough but I, however, am not confident preparing raw eggs. So, instead I thought of using bananas. Hey, if you can make pancakes out of bananas then for sure you can use it for tiramisu, right? (I may or may not have had my fingers crossed while repeating this to myself prior to preparing it). Without further ado, here’s the recipe: Makes 2 layers of a 9″ square pan Prep time: 20 mins Chilling time: 6 hours Ingredients: 250 ml thick cream, chilled 100 grams granulated sugar 2 bananas, mashed 350 ml mascarpone, softened 350 ml espresso or very strong black coffee, cooled 35-40 Italian brand lady fingers  (Italian brand because …

Take Away: Al Nashama Restaurant & Sweets – Muntazah

Review The best kunafa in Doha. If you are craving or would like to try Arabic sweets, you can’t go wrong with Al Nashama. Typical of sweets shops here in Qatar, they have a wide range of sweets like kunafa and baklava in all shapes and sizes. I especially like the white one (I don’t know what it’s called, I just point at it) which is creamy and dreamy. It’s an explosion of coconut, milk, and rose water. Price QR20 per person (approx) Returning? Yes!