Category Archives: Desserts/Macmacaan/حلويات/Desserts

Cream Cheese Frosting (Kareemo Farmaajo) كريمة الجبنة

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English Af-Soomaali عربي Cream Cheese Frosting We prepared this frosting for the carrot cake that we made earlier. However, it is also great with other desserts such as chocolate cake, red velvet cake, cinnamon rolls, and cookies to name a few. We make two versions depending on the intended use. Most of the time…

Carrot Cake (Doolshe Karooto) كيك الجزر

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English Af-Soomaali عربي Carrot Cake We were always very fond of carrot cake but we know several family members as well as friends who would prefer to have no cake rather than eating a carrot cake. That is until they tried this cake. When we started working on this recipe we had a few…

Pear Cake (Doolshe Cambaruud) Gâteau à la Poire كيك الكمثرى

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English Af-Soomaali Français عربي Pear Cake After having delicious couscous for lunch at a Moroccan restaurant in the Latin Quarter in Paris, we decided to spend the afternoon walking around looking for souvenirs and enjoying the sights. It was a cloudy day but to us it did not look like it was going to…

Pecan Cookies (Buskud Laws Bikaan) Biscuits à la noix de Pécan بسكويت جوز البقان

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English Af-Soomaali Français عربي Pecan Cookies This cookie recipe is just perfect when you need a sweet treat that is not fussy. It has a few ingredients, very few steps and they bake in no time. The result, however, is nothing short of spectacular. The cookies crumble in your mouth and the biggest challenge…

Sweet Plantains (Muus Bukeeni Macaan) Plantains Confits موز الجنة المُحلى

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English Af-Soomaali Français عربي Sweet Plantains This sweet plantain dessert is a popular Ramadan dish in Somalia, particularly in the southern parts of the country. It is very easy to make and it is also quite economical. The plantains are usually flavoured with coconut and in some places, ground cardamom is also added. For…

Sticky Toffee Pudding (Doolshe Timir) Pudding au Toffee كيك التمر بالكراميل

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English Af-Soomaali Français عربي Sticky Toffee Pudding You will find dates in our pantry or fridge on any given day. Fresh dates, or soft dates, or semi-dry dates, or dry dates, or all of them. We snack on them, have them with coffee, yet we do not have many recipes that call for dates….

Choux Pastry (Bur Shuu) Pâte à Choux عجينة الشو

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English Af-Soomaali Français عربي Choux Pastry We owe this recipe to Jacques Pepin, one of our all-time favourite chefs. We were enamored by his “Swimming swans in raspberry sauce with a caramel cage”. Who wouldn’t be? Our first attempt at making choux pastry was a few years ago when we were hosting an iftar…

Linzer Cookies (Buskud Linsar) Biscuits Linzer كعك لنزر

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English Af-Soomaali Français عربي Linzer Cookies We never had these cookies back in Somalia but, in recent years, we included them in our to-bake list for the holidays. Not only are they very beautiful but they are also a delight to munch on. The ground almonds (you can use other nuts) and the butter…

Laddu (Laddu) Laddu لَدّو

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English Af-Soomaali Français عربي Laddu Laddu is but one of the delicacies that was brought by Indian immigrants who settled in Brava, Somalia. They brought their typical dishes which were adapted based on locally available ingredients. In Brava, laddu was prepared with different combinations of the following: ground sesame seeds, ground peanuts, rice flour,…

Cheese Kunafa (Kunaafa Naabulsiya) Kunafa au Fromage كنافة نابلسية

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English Af-Soomaali Français عربي Cheese Kunafa A good kunafa is something special and not everyone does it justice. One of our favourite places to have this dessert is at Paramount Cafe in Mississauga, Ontario. The kunafa is a great ending for a Lebanese meal replete with mezze (a selection of appetizers), manakish (flatbread with…