Okra Tomato Stew Recipe

basmati rice, okra stew

My Okra Tomato Stew Recipe is a very simple Lebanese recipe, adapted from the traditional green bean stew. It is served over a bed of rice, is packed with summer flavors and is done in just over thirty minutes. This dish is the perfect vegetarian dinner during Ramadan and beyond!

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The base of the recipe is simple: onion, garlic

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Ossmalleya with Ashta Recipe

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There are several different names for this decedent dessert and just as many, if not more, preparations. Some referred to it as knafeh, but our family calls this Marshooshi or Ossmalleya. So today, I will be sharing my Ossamlleya with Ashta Recipe. 

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This is a dish with shredded, crisp phyllo,

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Fattoush Salad Recipe

Fattoush Salad Recipe

When most people think of Lebanese food or food from the Levant region, they often think of Hummus, Falafel and Fattoush. I’ve shared several hummus recipes before, but I have not shared my Fattoush Salad Recipe. After asking all of you on Facebook, which recipes you’d like for Ramadan, Fattoush was at the top of the list! 

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I love adding

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Turmeric Cake Honey Buttercream Recipe

turmeric cake with honey buttercream

I have made variations of sfouf, a traditional semolina turmeric cake on my blog before. From cupcakes and now this Turmeric Cake Honey Buttercream recipe. Because the holy month of Ramadan is upon us, I wanted to share a fun cake to enjoy with family. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic Lunar calendar, in which Muslims around the world, who are of age and good health, fast from sun rise to sun set. This means refraining from food and drink, and all of our bad habits. Those who are exempt from fasting include children and the elderly, those who are ill, pregnant, nursing and menstruating. 

Ramadan is a time of reflection, spirituality and connecting to God. It is a time to give in charity and spend time with family and friends. During this holy month, the Quran (holy book for Muslims) was revealed to the Propher Mohamed (peace be upon him). Many muslims strive to read the entire Quran during this month, as a form of worship and reflection and a way to connect to our prophet and Lord.

This is the month in which Iftar, the time of breaking fast, is generally spent with family and community. I created this cake as a special dessert to celebrate!

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Hibiscus Glazed Bundt Cake

hibiscus glazed bundt cake

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and many are planning special ways to treat their mothers. I wanted to share a special cake recipe to mark this very special day honoring mothers. This hibiscus glazed bundt cake is easy to make and is super delicious!

Hibiscus Glazed Bundt cake

 I used dried organic hibiscus, to infuse the cake

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Easy Valentines Day Blondies

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Hey Friends! It’s been a while. I wanted to share a super easy recipe that can be customized for any holiday or celebration. I am excited to share my easy Valentines Day Blondies with you today 😀

This recipe calls for pantry and fridge staples, which is why I love it. This is an easy go too recipe for all occasions. The blondies are basically a large

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

chocolate cupcakes with swiss meringue buttercream

 
Nothing screams celebration quite like cupcakes! I love making cupcakes for parties, as they are easy to serve and everyone gets the perfect portion (or two). These chocolate cupcakes are rich and decadent and are topped with a smooth swiss meringue buttercream.  chocolate cupcakes amandas plate Generally, I stick with an American buttercream for its ease. However, I wanted to try something different and a few months ago, I began making swiss meringue buttercream on a regular basis. It is absolutely delicious, smooth and worth the extra effort! It does require egg whites, but they are heated and are safe to eat.  swiss meringue chocolate cupcakes We will be enjoying these cupcakes, as we celebrate the new year, so I used gold cupcake liners, gold sprinkles and I topped them with a gold star! 
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Chocolate Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream
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Serves: 12 cupcakes
 
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  3. In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream together vegetable oil and sugars, until light in color.
  4. Add in the vanilla extract and eggs and continue mixing.
  5. Sift in the cocoa powder, all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt to your bowl.
  6. Pour in the milk and mix until combined. *Do not overmix*
  7. Pour batter into cupcake cups and bake for about 18 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  1. Combine egg whites, sugar, and salt in a heatproof bowl of a standing mixer set over a pan of simmering water.
  2. Whisk the egg mixture constantly by hand until mixture is warm and the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Remove from the heat and attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  4. Starting on low and gradually increasing to medium-high speed, whisk until glossy and smooth about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the butter a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition. Whisk in vanilla.
  6. Switch to the paddle attachment, and continue beating on low speed until all air bubbles are eliminated, about 2 minutes.
  7. Scrape down sides of bowl with a spatula and continue beating until the frosting is completely smooth.

 Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart! 

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I share this recipe today, as I plan to gather with my loved ones this evening to reign in the new year. As I reflect on the past year, I want to thank all of my lovely friends and family for their continued support of Amanda’s Plate. Without you all, there would be no reason to blog. I do this for you all <3 I wish you all the best in 2017!

Happy New Year ♥

Make this recipe? I’d love to see! Tag me @AmandasPlate or #CreateAmandasPlate 😀

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Cinnamon Cardamom Snikerdoodles

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As I get into a new routine with my job, I am getting on more of a schedule for blogging. I hope to share my take on favorite holiday cookies! 

When I was growing up, my aunt and uncle lived just a few homes down from us. We spent winter break baking holiday cookies to share with our cousins on Christmas Eve. One of the cookies we made were snickerdoodles! As a child, the name made me smile 😀 I created my Cinnamon Cardamom Snickerdoodles last winter, when I was experimenting with cardamom pods. 

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Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

chocolate walnut chunk cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic treat, that everyone I know loves and enjoys. They were invented in 1938, by Ruth Graves Wakefield, who owned the Toll House Inn at the time. There are so many ways to put your own spin on them! My salted brown butter chocolate chip cookies , pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies and  chocolate chip cookies (that have the addition of milk powder I learned this from Chef Christina Tosi) are a few of my favorites!

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