7.29.2014

Toasted Almond Caramel Mocha Gelato


Warning: There is a really good chance I will fall asleep writing this post. I am SO TIRED! The last few days of Ramadan were so stressful and there were so many things that I needed to get done in such a short amount of time that I barely got any sleep. Actually, I don't think I got much sleep at all during Ramadan period. I'm really bad at time management as it is, so when you throw in a pre-sunrise meal and midnight prayers, I'm officially a goner.


The worst part about it all is that unlike a regular day where I could be tired and go hit up a Dunkin Donuts for a caramel iced coffee, I had to instead suck it up and fight through my sleepiness every day. The struggle was real.

But then, I made my own caramel mocha gelato to eat at night and everything was okay again.


I basically craved ice cream every night during Ramadan, and one night, when pondering what to make for this month's Mystery Dish, I thought, wouldn't it be brilliant to make ice cream this month? No wait, my own GELATO? And so here we are. Four ingredient gelato, if you don't count the flavoring. And no ice cream maker necessary!

7.28.2014

Algerian Almond Paste Fruits


Guess who's back? Back again. Meriem's back. Tell a friend.


Eid Mubarak/Happy Eid my lovelies! I'm back and on a very special day too! Today is Eid, the Islamic holiday that celebrates the end of Ramadan. To make today extra super special, I've gathered up a group of my food blogger friends and we're celebrating Eid on the interwebs together! How fun, right?!


For our virtual Eid party, I chose to make a very popular Algerian no-bake dessert: almond paste fruits! Now, I really wanted to call these marzipan fruits but after doing some extensive research, I discovered that almond paste is actually not the same thing as marzipan. Marzipan has a larger ratio of sugar to almonds, whereas almond paste has an almost equal amount of almonds and sugar. Apparently, the larger proportion of sugar in marzipan makes it more pliable and easier to shape than almond paste, but I think you could achieve a pretty similar effect with almond paste, and it will taste better too!

7.25.2014

Mango Kiwi Mousse

This light and airy mango kiwi mousse is bursting with tropical flavors and refreshing!

Mango Kiwi Mousse

Hello Culinary Coutoure readers. I'm Zainab from Blahnik Baker and I am super excited to be over here today to share with you one of my favorite recipes this summer. This mango kiwi mousse is light, creamy and extremely easy to make since it is a no-bake recipe.

Mango Kiwi Mousse

I'm usually baking a storm up in my kitchen as I love creating easy and elegant desserts for everyday occasions. But with the whole humid, hot as hell weather these days, I am finding myself going for the simple no-bake desserts because one cannot give up desserts just because it's hot. Right? I know you agree with me :) These mango kiwi mousse cups are the perfect solutions and will be great for your summer entertaining. I made these for a dinner party and it was so easy to put together before the party arrived.

Mango Kiwi Mousse

7.22.2014

Grain-Free Birthday Cake Muffins


Hi, Culinary Couture readers! Thanks so much to you guys and Meriem for having me here today to share some one of my favorite recent addictions, er, treats. My name is Nora and I write the blog A Clean Bake. Since Meriem is focusing on other things this month, I am thrilled and honored to step in for her, especially today of all days. Why today? I hope she doesn't mind me sharing this but today is Meriem's birthday! Let's pause for a group "Happy Birthday Meriem!" Ready? 1...2...3 HAPPY BIRTHDAY MERIEM!



Um, well, I am going to trust that you said it with me, because otherwise thaaaaaat's embarrassing.

So, let's talk about these muffins instead! My "claim to fame" (or at least that's what I tell myself) is creating better-for-you versions of your favorite sweets and treats that don't taste "healthy". You know all of those recipes that are called things like "skinny"? That's not what these are. Things that are low-cal are usually full of chemicals and empty calories. I cook with real, healthy, whole, unprocessed foods and I make them taste great! No cardboard cookies and styrofoam cakes here, friends.


These muffins are a perfect example. I make a point to force, ahem enlist, taste testers who are used to conventional sweets, and if they don't have a reaction like "I can't believe this is grain-free! Are you sure??" then it's not ready. Let's just say I blinked and all of these muffins were gone...and I didn't get a single one.

So, now that I have done my dog and pony show, I'll bet you must be wondering what the heck could be left to make a sweet, rich, moist and festive cupcake worthy of a birthday breakfast for a cake connoisseur like Meriem. Sure, these could be frosted and passed off as cupcakes, but in the presence of such a master like her, I would never in a million years even try to compare. So, muffins it is. Also, sprinkles for breakfast are part of a complete breakfast. (Cereal is so five minutes ago).

7.17.2014

Roasted Strawberry Crumb Muffins


Hello! Nice to meet all you, Culinary Couture readers! :D  I`m Lynna and I regularly blog at Hearts In My Oven. As you all know by now, Meriem has asked some of her blogger buddies to guest post for her this month. I couldn`t be happier to guest post for her!

A few months back, I discovered Meriem's Apple Peanut Butter Muffins post for her Mystery Dish Challenge. I thought it was such a cool and interesting concept! When she emailed me to ask if I was interesting in joining, I was ecstatic! I dreamt up this Puff Pastry Apple Pie with Frosted Flakes Crumble for the challenge. I`ve been following Meriem since her muffin post. I mean, how can I not when she continuously post delicious recipes, like tiramisu macarons, or gorgeous cakes!


Today, I'm happy to share with you all this wonderful roasted strawberry muffin recipe. Strawberries are in season during the Summer months. Aside from stuffing yourself silly with all sorts of fruits this summer, baking with them is a must!

If you`ve never tried roasting strawberries, I highly recommend you try it at least once. It`s really simple. The smell when they come out of the oven is indescribable! I know muffin recipes should be quick and fast, so you might be discouraged to try this recipe with the extra steps. Why would you add an extra step to roast strawberries? Why smash the roasted strawberries to get their juice? Because it enhances the strawberry flavor! Oh, it totally does. I wanted to really get the strawberry taste, so I decided to smash the strawberry juice and add it to the batter ;)