Friday, February 27, 2015

February 2015 daring baker's challenge (Siopao (Asian Filled Buns)


While i'm sitting here and typing my head is telling with such a cloudy and cold weather i need some warm and comforting snack, as a desi first thing comes to mind are Pakora but i could use some other  comfort snack food so i decided to go Filipino as this month the February daring bakers  challenge is hosted by Julie of One-wall kitchen ,she challenged us to an easy, simple filled bun using no knead-dough!!!

"Siopao literally means "steamed buns". It is a famous Filipino-Chinese snack. It has also been incorporated into Thai cuisine as well where it is called salapao 
A popular food item in the Philippines and Thailandsiopao and salapao do not require utensils to eat and can be consumed on-the-go. Like bāozi, there are different varieties based on stuffing: Asado or bola-bola (which may use any kind of meat). There is also a baked variety."
taken from wikipeadia
Today i'm making  baked Siopoa and I'm filling it with sweet and savory,for sweet I'm using Nutella and for savory some cubed cheddar cheese simple and easy.the outcome was soft and light buns but I think i made these too big next i'm surely making them a little smaller and for fillings sky is the limit!!


source:the daring bakers

2 tsp Yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water
2 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 to 5 cups flour
1 beaten egg for egg wash


Mix together warm water,yeast,melted butter,salt and sugar ,let it stand

Now add flour slowly  making a dough that is sticky but not wet

cover with damp cloth and let it rise for an hour
divide dough in twelve equal pieces and form a ball

spread the dough with hand or rolling pin to form a flat disc
 place 1 tsp full of the filling in my case Nutella 

or cubed cheddar cheese

place them on a foil or parchment paper lined cookie sheet

bake in a preheated for 350F 
cover again with damp cloth and let it rise for 30 mins
brush egg wash on the risen dough ball
 bake for twenty mins until golden brown on top 

serve warm  and enjoy!!

Friday, February 20, 2015



Today as I'm writing this post my excitement is at peek ,guess why? ok lets quit the guessing game and i'll tell you , i have joined a group of "AVID" bakers that's how exciting this group is .I recently sent an email to the admin i.e Hanaa @ Hanaathebaker, she responded to me very rapidly that she is happy to welcome me to the group of amazing bakers Yay:) and then when i joined the Facebook group page i got really warm  response from other members too.My post today is my first challenge as part of Avid Bakers , for February challenge it was kind of late as due date was long gone but Hanna and other members encouraged me to still do the post and share it on the group Facebook page here,i was like time to get in action!!!

As Avid baker you have to do certain challenges from a book or a blog selected by Hanaa the Admin ,this year we are doing the recipes from a blog Scientifically Sweet by Christina Marsigliese, she is an author of a cookbook too.And for other rules about the group you can go here and get all the information.

 For February our recipe of choice was "Orange,Almond and date biscotti" which i have never made before so..very exciting for me !!i used original recipe with some variations so please come on and make some  with me !!

For this recipe we needed some orange zest and i was really happy that i could use oranges sitting in my fruit basket right from dear garden!!

and yes do visit other members blog for their experiences with this recipe here!!

Orange ,Almond and Date Biscotti


2 cups Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil
2 tbsp orange zest
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated pure cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup roughly chopped Almonds
1/ cup chopped dates


Pre heat oven to 350F and line baking sheet with foil

in a large bowl sift together flour,baking powder and salt,stir in the Almonds

whisk eggs and sugars until well mixed,then add in oil,orange zest,vanilla

now add flour mixture and mix well,now add dates to form a sticky dough

divide dough in half

 form 12 inches long and 3 inches wide logs

lightly brush with egg mixture on top and sides

bake until golden brown and slightly cracked on top for 20-25 mins

transfer baking sheet on cooling rack and let it cool completely,about 15 mins

diagonally cut 3/4 inch thick slices with a serrated knife

lower oven temperature to 300 F

bake both side about 7 mins until lightly golden and crisp on each side

serve warm and enjoy with a cup of coffee!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Daring Cooks’ February, 2015 Challenge: Middle Eastern Breakfast

Assalamo alaikum,

this month has been kind of "Middle Eastern" for me earlier on February 10 I went to "Kuwait" cooking adventure with Mena cooking club, here and now again for February daring cooks challenge,Manal from Manal's Bites invited us to celebrate the most important meal of the day Middle Eastern style!
Manal gave us lots of examples of dishes served on a middle eastern table MashAllah there are lots of varieties in which you can see the use of yogurt , garbanzo beans are  a lot which shows how healthy and fulling it is.we had to make three of items listed .making choice was hard ,i really love Hummus and love the versatility of this dip you can use it as spread,as dip its really good !!so i decided to make it .Then choice number two was Pita bread as i wanted something to eat with my hummus and then Egyptian Foul  sounded really good ,i sadly couldn't find Fava beans in my local ,can you believe it i was shocked too i didn't  go to my favorite middle eastern store as i was out of time (yeah i made it today and bought the stuff today luckily had tahini from before)so long story short i bought butter beans but in sha Allah next time i'm at that store i will buy me some fava beans to make the real deal!! i really liked the taste of all my dishes had lots of fun,i hope you all will enjoy making it too:)





6 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp  instant yeast
2 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 cups luke warm water


Mix all the ingredients completely and knead the dough for 10 minutes

let it rise for an hour

divide dough into 12 equal parts

make a ball and let it rise for 30 mins

roll the balls into 1/4 inch flat bread

bake into 500F heated oven for 3 minute  on heated stone or cooking tray

serve warm or cold and enjoy!!




2  15oz can Fava beans cooked ( i used butter beans )
1 medium tomato chopped
2 green onion finely chopped
1/3 cup tahini paste
1 lemon juice
salt to taste
2 clove of garlic minced
1/2 cup cilantro chopped
extra virgin olive oil to drizzle


In a small sauce pan cook foul with cnning liquid on high heat until comes to boil

simmer for few minutes until some water evaporate

mash bit with potato masher leaving some whole

take of heat and add chopped tomatoes

in a separate bowl combine tahini,lemon juice, salt ,garlic and enough water to get the consistency of a cream

add tahini mixture to the foul then add 3/4 of the green onions and cilantro

pour mixture in a serving dish and garnish with remaining green onions and cilantro




14oz cooked chickpeas or Garbanzo beans
3tbsp tahini paste
juice of one lemon
salt to taste
2 cloves of garlic
2tbsp yogurt


Mix all the ingredients in a food processor except water

add water as needed to get a smooth texture

taste to adjust salt

sprinkle paprika and drizzle olive oil

serve with fresh pita bread

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"Gers Ogely" Mena Cooking Club February 2015

Asslamo alaikum,

Its is really nice being part of Mena Cooking Club Mash Allah we have tried lots of  Middle eastern and North African dishes what fun !!this month the country of choice was Kuwait ,heard lots about it when i was young and  living in Karachi ,Pakistan one of my uncle use to work to there he still does and have heard lots of good words about this country,one day when i will go for middle east tour Kuwait will be on my top priority list in sha Allah!!!

In our challenge this month as usual we were given three different dishes savory,sweet and soup  so me being desserts person and a baking lover decided to go for the cake "Gers Ogely" this is a very traditional Kuwaiti cake and is flavored with Saffron , cardamom and rose water.Recipe was taken from here

Now lets talk about my experience with this cake i was really excited when i started making this cake all over internet and recipe tells how amazing fluffy and light this cake is but what can you say my experience was so so,not because of the recipe its all my fault (sob sob)i was trying to do this cake quickly and make some big mistake that cost me the cake,we have saying in Pakistan in Urdu that "the work that is done in haste is the work of saitan" ,i didn't melt the butter properly and another  major mistake not sifting the flour ,please don't judge me i love baking but was in a kind of hurry oops:(
My results i would not say a disaster but its was 50/50 situation cake looked great and smelled heavenly my home was filled the beautiful aroma but the texture of the cake not so fluffy and light but chewy and dense ,tasted great with powdered sugar sprinkled on top but the fluffiness  i was really looking forward to it but its okay that's how we learn, from our mistakes next time i will surely follow the steps in this recipe and in other recipes too in sha Allah!!



Flour 2 cups

baking powder 1 1/2 tsp

Sugar  1  cup

Eggs 4

salt 1/4 tsp

Butter 1/2 cup melted and cooled

Milk  1 cup room temperature

Saffron strands 1/2 tsp

Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp

Rose water 1 tsp


heat oven at 350 degrees

grease and flour  a bundt pan

crush saffron strands with 2 tbsp of sugar until fine powder

mix in 2 tbsp of milk and let it stand for 10 mins

sift together flour ,salt and baking powder

beat eggs and sugar with a electric beater until fluffy an tripled in volume

mix together melted butter , milk, saffron mixture,rose water and cardamom powder

now add saffron  and flour mixture alternatively to egg mix ending with flour

pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 mins or until cake leaves side of the pan 

or is cooked inside (this can be done by inserting a long skewer if it comes out clean)

let it cool down completely  in the pan 

dust with powdered sugar

serve with tea or coffee and enjoy!!