Desserts

Orange Cardamom Gingerbread Loaf

Orange Cardamom Gingerbread Loaf

Did you know that historians believe it was the Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis (Gregory Makar) who introduced gingerbread to Europe in the 10th century? And I'm sure glad that he did so that the delicious aroma of gingerbread baking could spread to homes around the world over the years. Bring the smells of Christmas into your home with this moist and tasty Orange Cardamom Gingerbread Loaf. With an orange zest sugar glaze and aromatic spices, each bite packs tons of flavor and will get you into the holiday spirit. A loaf of this gingerbread cake is perfect on Christmas morning or anytime you want a sweet and spicy treat....

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Shaabiyat Lebanese Pastry

Shaabiyat Lebanese Pastry

A cross between Armenian paklava and cheese borek, this buttery, flaky, lightly-sweetened pastry is filled with a thick, creamy goodness. Topped with an orange blossom syrup and a sprinkling of toasted pistachio nuts, Shaabiyat makes for a pretty presentation as well. Just one bite of these delicate pastries will have you thinking you have died and gone to heaven! What could be better than layers of paper-thin sheets of phyllo dough brushed with butter and then filled with cream? Serve them with a cup of hot cocoa for breakfast or dessert! What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Shaabiyat Lebanese Pastry? phyllo dough butter half and half heavy whipping...

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Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

These protein-packed, naturally-sweetened muffins will satisfy the taste buds of both kids and adults alike. Pumpkin Protein Muffins are such a great way to start off your morning or get you through your mid-day slump. They also make a wholesome dessert. They are easy to make, so healthy and full of flavor.  When I set out to prepare a healthy snack, I'm craving something that includes protein, fiber and nutrients without sacrificing taste. These muffins check all the boxes! I especially love the bits of bittersweet chocolate and pecans, which I added at the suggestion of my sister Allison. (Older sisters know best!) So what ingredients go into these wonderful...

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Strawberries and Cream Soda Cracker Pie

Strawberries and Cream Soda Cracker Pie

It's hard to say what the best part about this pie is....the chewy and crispy crust? Or the fresh pile of strawberries and cream? Whatever you decide, I think you'll find this pie is a pure delight! Not only does it have a wonderful texture and taste, but the presentation is beautiful.   With how easy it is to make (no traditional pie crust skills needed!)—this is a dessert that I love to make when we have company over for dinner. And it's something that my kids can easily help make too.  Put them to task slicing strawberries while you make...

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Date Turnovers

Date Turnovers

  Freshly baked, these date turnovers make a highly satisfying morning pastry or dessert. The date filling adds almost all the sweetness for these little pockets of love.  My grandma's family called this recipe "Araz." Sometimes they would make them without any filling at all, and eat them with Armenian string cheese on top.  I had a difficult time finding any other recipes quite like it, although I finally discovered a similar one with a different spelling called "Aros" in Sitto's Kitchen Cookbook. This cookbook contains a collection of Syrian recipes from the same region that my grandmother's family came from (in...

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