Basbousa Bil Joz – Semolina Pastry Stuffed with Walnuts

In Lebanon, there is a rich semolina pastry known as ma’moul mad (a fragrant semolina cookie bar filled with nuts, date paste, or clotted cream.) In other parts of the Levant, a similar concept is called basbousa bil joz (semolina cake stuffed with walnuts.) In Gaza, for example, kunafa ghazawiya or kunafa arabiya is the…

Banana and Dulce de Leche Cake

This dulce de leche and banana cake is an upgraded version of the traditional flavors of banana bread. Dulce de leche, which translates to “milk candy,” is the Latin version of caramel, only milder, creamier, and nuttier. It is bound to make anything paired with it utterly irresistible. So, you can probably imagine a proper…

Spiced Pumpkin and Almond Cake

As the winter months creep in and the howling sounds of the cold wind become louder, we crave those foods that bring us comfort and calm. And November just isn’t November without the comfort food that is pumpkin. This olive oil, pumpkin, almond, and spice cake offers the ultimate remedy to winter blues, Mediterranean style….

Brownie Cheesecake

  After a few months of being away, I bring to you a brownie cheesecake intensified with espresso and finished with a rich dark chocolate ganache and toasted hazelnuts. This recipe is a continuation of my flourless olive oil and dark chocolate torte recipe from the archives. The addition of a smooth cheesecake layer is…

M’tabbak – Sweet Cheese Pastries

If you have been to Jerusalem’s old city, you may be familiar with m’tabbak, puffed pastries stuffed with sweet cheese and drenched in syrup. The traditional dough used for this recipe is often thinly rolled, filled with an unsalted goat’s cheese, folded into an envelope, brushed with butter, and baked in a hot oven. My…

Lemon, Turmeric, and Semolina Loaf Cake

The inspiration for this lemon, turmeric, and semolina cake comes from the traditional Lebanese ‘sfouf’ cake. The treat, which is traditionally made for holidays or special events in Lebanon, consists of a dense and eggless cake made with semolina flour, turmeric, aniseeds, and pine nuts. Intrigued by the combination of turmeric and semolina, I decided…

Zaa’tar and Cheese Flatbread – Fatayer Zaa’tar

This zaa’tar flatbread is characterized by a rustic combination of olive oil-infused yeast dough, fresh zaa’tar, and goat’s cheese. The herb and cheese are folded into the dough several times in a way that produces layers and layers of goodness. I love baking, almost more than I love cooking. There is something magical about how…

Clementine and Almond Cake

This spiced clementine, almond, and orange blossom cake is a variation of a Spanish family recipe with Moorish roots. And it is as delicious as it sounds. I would describe it as a clementine in cake form. So moist, fragrant, and lively – it’s the perfect treat to enjoy with your morning coffee or tea……

The Ultimate Classic Brownies

This classic brownie recipe is anything but modest. With no rising agents to lighten the load, the result is pure, unadulterated, dense, chocolatey indulgence. And that, in my opinion, is the best way to enjoy a brownie. This recipe makes for a deliciously fudgy brownie with a satisfying crackling surface. It’s also one that I…

Flourless Chocolate and Olive Oil Cake

A flourless dark chocolate and olive oil cake that is as simple as it is divine. It is officially my favorite season, and that means plenty of baking and autumnal harvest. In respect to olive season, I thought I would share this treat with you. It is a dense, rich, and fudgy cake that’s very much…