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My Favorite Yogurt Sauce Recipe

I have no idea why I’ve been craving yogurt sauces lately. It’s not even the yogurt I’ve been craving, it’s more so the fresh herbs I love to put in it- maybe it’s a lack of Vitamin C around here lately, I mean we. are. freezing.  This is a recipe I’ve made many times before but this time, … Read more

Sauteed Bananas Over Pound Cake: A Winning Recipe!

A couple of weeks ago, I was part of a Culinary Challenge at the Muslim Women’s Alliance Annual Celebration Luncheon where three Muslim women were honored for their service to humanity. Each gave heartfelt speeches about their work and really touched everyone who listened- there were lots of tears in the crowd, to say the least.

Sauteed Bananas Over Pound Cake | My Halal Kitchen - Desserts

One of the women receiving an award (the youngest ever to be honored in this way by MWA), Tasmiha Khan, is actually a former student of mine who began the non-profit organization called Brighter Dawns, which strives to provide preventative and health care education to the most impoverished areas of Bangladesh. Before reading on, please take a moment to vote for their project in the Dell Social Innovation Challenge.

So, the very last event of the luncheon was the friendly competition- the culinary challenge. Pastry Chef and former Top Chef Just Desserts Contestant Malika Ameen had a team of two sous chefs on her side, as did I on mine. We each had a short window of time to complete two dishes- one savory and one sweet.    

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Sauteed Bananas Over Pound Cake

By Yvonne Published: March 22, 2013

  • Yield: 2 plates (4 Servings)
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Ready In: 20 mins

Warning: this dish is meant to be shared. Do not attempt to eat the whole thing yourself as it contains unnecessarily high amounts of butter, cream and milk. There's a reason why there's barakah (blessing) in sharing all those calories!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Zest the lemon and cut or slice the almonds, pound cake and bananas. Grate the chocolate, too. Place two pieces of the pound cake on dessert plates.
  2. In a small sauté pan place four pats of butter and heat on medium-high. Add the cut bananas. Once they cook for a few minutes and the butter begins to froth, add the condensed milk, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Add sugar, if desired.
  3. Pour the mixture over the pound cake. Quickly add a bit of lemon zest, almonds and grated chocolate over the top, then a few dollops of the whipped cream, which will melt quickly. That means- serve it immediately!
  4. For the Whipped Cream (which makes 1/2 cup), use a stand mixer or hand held beaters to whip the combo of both 1 tablespoon sugar plus 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream. Place both ingredients in a bowl and whisk for five minutes on high. If using a stand mixer, be sure use the whisk attachment.
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Creamy Spinach Dip

The last article I posted was about how to put together and decorate a beautiful ‘Eid appetizer table and I hope you were inspired by the tips and ideas for serving ware and the quick and easy foods you can offer your guests. One of the dishes mentioned still needs a recipe to go along with it, so here it is: Creamy Spinach Dip. It’s so quick to make and can be served with raw vegetables, baked pita chips, and more.

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Finger foods aren’t just for parties. When it’s really hot outside, I don’t like to get too complicated in the kitchen. When it’s cold outside, I like comfort food. Bread and cheese fit in both of these categories, so here comes my recipe for simple Bruschetta, or Italian toasts. They can be made on the grill … Read more

Cheesy Jalapeño Burgers

It’s summer. It’s Ramadan. Do you blame me for craving a burger?  Hopefully not, because maybe you are, too. Chances are there’s plenty of people grilling the summer away as much as possible, since that’s usually the most popular item to throw on. In my case, grilling isn’t so easy so I opt for either oven baking or pan sautéing my burgers. Either way you have them, I think you’re going to love this recipe for a super-quick burger topped with what I think is one of our nation’s best cheese..and it’s halal-certified.

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Cheese from Vermont-based Cabot Creamery has long been on my list of favorite cheeses and in my shopping cart for many years, especially since I noticed that several of their products were halal-certified by IFANCA

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Fasting isn’t meant to be perfectly easy or else how could we savor the reward of building self-discipline? It’s also not meant to harm us, either. We have to do it right so that we can experience it with enough energy to get through the day, do our work and take care of other responsibilities.

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