Busy In My Kitchen!

Baked Daoud Basha picture

Baked Daoud Basha.. yummy

Ramadan starts soon, and this is the busiest season for a food website. That’s why I have been away for a while.

But being away from my blog does not mean that I was away from my kitchen. Not at all!

I’ve been actually very busy in my kitchen, with a lot of recipes testing for this season. How can I not love my job?

As I can’t share with you all the recipes now, I will just post some of my best pictures, and I’ll leave it for later on to post my yummy creations.

Enjoy!

A different lasagna - with ricotta

A different lasagna – with ricotta

Beef Samosas Picture

Beef Samosas

Traditional Shakshouka picture

Traditional Shakshouka

Chicken bake Picture

A chicken bake that I’ll be doing often

Eggplant Maqlooba Picture

Eggplant Maqlooba… My pride 😀

Baked potatoes picture

Baked potatoes with a special topping 😉

Potatoes gratin picture

A different potato gratin

lazy coconut and chocolate cake picture

There’s always room for dessert! The laziest cake ever… with coconut & chocolate!

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Chocolate Banana Cake Recipe

Chocolate Banana Cake Picture

Yummy

I had ripe bananas at home and I wanted to use them for preparing a cake, so I don’t end up throwing them. I’ve been throwing a lot of food lately, and I am feeling horrible about it.

I remembered a chocolate banana cake that a friend – Phatima from Phatima’s box did once for Atyab Tabkha. I searched for the recipe and it was very easy, so I decided that the cake was going to be the first thing that I’ll do the next morning.

You can check the original recipe here. I only reduced the sugar and used a bundt pan. It took more than the initial 35 minutes in the oven – about 45 minutes.

The result was awesome, even though it took some time to flip out of the pan! (Hell, I was scared!)

The cake is extremely moist and everyone loved it. It’s perfect to serve with coffee. I will be doing it again for sure!

Now let’s check the recipe.

 

Chocolate Banana Cake Recipe

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Spray a bundt cake pan with butter (I am using Lurpak Mist and I think it’s very practical).
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a big bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs with the bananas, milk, vegetable oil, water and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the eggs mixture and mix until homogeneous.
  3. Pour into the pan and bake for around 45 minutes, until done (You may start testing for doneness after 35 minutes). Remove from oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before flipping it on a serving plate.