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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Yasmine's Mini-Birthday White Velvet Cupcakes

Yasmine has been impatiently waiting for her birthday; but since her birthday fell on a weekday, I decided to arrange a mini celebration with just me, the kids and my close friend Hanaa. (Hubby couldn't attend neither since he's out of town :( )
The official birthday party is postponed to the first Saturday of the month of April Inshallah to fit all my guests' schedules. So stay tuned for another birthday cake...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Amine's 1st Birthday

The cake was made as a surprise gift to one of my friends' son's 1st birthday. The family received the cake with great joy and appreciation.Teddy Bear's smile was magically transferred to all kids attending the party.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pain D' Epice

 I suggested this bread recipe as an opening of our ABC Project, first because I wanted to break the rule of having to start with making a cake; and second for the richness of its aroma. While baking, the oven released a fantastic smell.
It really was a breeze assembling the ingredients. However,I sensed that the amount of flour was too much for one loaf of bread. I insisted that the recipe should stay as is especially I've never made this type of  "Sans Yeast Bread". the only minor change I did  was subtracting 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and adding the same amount of baking powder, (and that based on a prior experience when I used too much baking soda in one of the online recipes I made, and it tasted awful...Uhgg!!)

Monday, March 1, 2010

ABC of the Month

Starting March of 2010, my friend Hanaa and I will be launching a new monthly baking project, called the "ABC of the Month", which stands for the "Avid Baker's Challenge of the Month". Each month, one of us picks a recipe. We alternate every month. And on every first Tuesday of the month, we'll post our experiences and photos of the baked creation, but never the original recipe from the book, as we'd like to encourage everyone to buy the book.For the year 2010, we've chosen to bake from Flo Braker's "Baking For All Occasions".
We are in no way affiliated with Flo Braker. We're just fans of her books.At this time, the plan is to pick a different book for 2011 to bake from. The final decision on this will come at the end of this year.