Saturday, March 1, 2014

It's 2014!!!

Long time no blog...WOW.
Eema a sophomore , Umar in 7th grade and Ali a 5th grader. Allhamdulillah.....oh and I forgot...we are old :)

I am working independently at Edward hospital.  Yusuf is about to launch Quran Plus inshaAllah.  We are planning to go to London this summer for Hanyyah And Fahd's wedding. Everyone is excited.

Ammi is doing ok and will inshaAllah get her citizenship this year.

I am encouraging our kids to write on this blog. Let's see how it goes.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Brownie 'n Berries Dessert Pizza

Want to wow a chocolate-craving crowd? Make a sweet dessert pizza topped with a creamy layer and tart berries.

What you need:

1 box (1 lb 6.5 oz) brownie mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup apple jelly

Make it:

1. Heat oven to 350°F (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray or shortening.
2. In medium bowl, stir brownie mix, pouch of chocolate syrup, water, oil and eggs until well blended. Spread in pan.
3. Bake 28 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out clean or almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
4. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread mixture evenly over brownie base. Arrange berries over cream cheese mixture. Stir jelly until smooth; brush over berries. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled. Cut into wedges. Store covered in refrigerator.

Mocha-Toffee Truffle Bars

What you need:

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) sugar cookie mix. (I used Betty Crocker)
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 package (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips (2 cups)
1 package (8 oz) toffee bits (1 1/2 cups)
1 cup chopped pecans

Make it:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, melted butter and egg until soft dough forms. Spread dough in bottom of a 9x13-inch ungreased pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.
2. Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, microwave sweetened condensed milk uncovered on High for 1 minute. Stir in instant coffee until coffee is mostly dissolved; set aside.
3. Sprinkle warm crust with chocolate chips, toffee bits and pecans. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk mixture evenly over pecans.
4. Bake 23 to 27 minutes or until top is golden brown and bubbly in center. Cool completely, about 2 hours. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Truffle Fudge

what you need

pkg.  (8 squares each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided
can  (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
Tbsp.  whipping cream
tsp.  vanilla

make it

LINE 8-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. 
Melt 4 chocolate squares in microwave as directed on package; spread onto bottom of prepared pan. Refrigerate 10 min. or until firm.
MICROWAVE remaining chocolate and milk in same bowl on HIGH 2 to 3 min.
 or until chocolate is almost melted; stir until completely melted. Add cream and vanilla; mix well. 
Spread over chocolate layer in pan.
REFRIGERATE 2 hours or until firm. Use foil handles to lift fudge from pan before cutting into squares.


When fudge is almost firm, sprinkle with toppings, such as finely chopped PLANTERS Walnuts,
colored sugar or sifted unsweetened cocoa powder.
Raspberry Truffle Fudge - Substitute 4 tsp. raspberry-flavored liqueur for the vanilla.
Mint Truffle Fudge - Substitute 4 tsp. mint-flavored liqueur for the vanilla.
One pan of fudge makes 25 servings which is enough to serve a crowd.

Best Brown Sugar Cake

What you need

pkg.  (2-layer size) yellow cake mix

pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding


cup  Sour Cream

cup  water

cup  oil

cup  packed brown sugar

cup  chopped Pecans

tsp.  powdered sugar

make it

HEAT oven to 350ºF.
BEAT first 6 ingredients with mixer until blended. Add brown sugar and nuts; mix well.
POUR into 12-cup fluted tube pan or 10-inch tube pan sprayed with cooking spray.
BAKE 1 hour or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan 15 min.
Loosen cake from sides of pan; invert onto wire rack. Remove pan; cool cake completely. 
Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.

Sprinkle pan with combined 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar and 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon after
spraying with cooking spray. Then, fill with batter and bake as directed.
Serve topped with cut-up fresh fruit.
I didn't have enough pecans so I mixed walnuts with pecans. Came out delicious.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Akhroat (Walnut) Halwa

What you need
 1 1/2 Stick Butter (6 oz)
 1 1/4 Cups Sugar
 1 1/2 Cups Walnuts chopped
 1 1/2 Cups Whole Milk
 3 Cups Powdered Milk

Make it!

Mix all the above ingredients in a oven proof pot/pan.
Bake at 350 for one hour, stirring every 15 mins.
Halwa should be lighter in color than Habshi Halwa, medium brown.
Transfer immediately in your serving dish, decorate with slivered pistachios.

I use my Pakistani heavy based pots to bake this Halwa.
Use a big baking pan because the milk boils.
Transfer immediately as soon as the halwa is done otherwise it will overcook and become chewy.
Recipe from:
My Cousin Shahnaz Aslam, who got it from our other cousin Anjum Wahaj.
Mix all ingredients

Half way cooked

Monday, December 20, 2010

Strawberry Whipped Sensation

What You Need

4 cups fresh strawberries, divided
1 can  (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
8 OREO Cookies, finely chopped
1 Tbsp.  butter, melted

Make It

LINE 9x5-inch loaf pan with foil, with ends extending over sides of pan. Mash 2 cups berries in large bowl. Add milk, juice and 2 cups COOL WHIP; mix well. Pour into prepared pan.

MIX chopped cookies and butter; spoon over COOL WHIP mixture. Cover with ends of foil; gently press cookie mixture into COOL WHIP mixture. Freeze 6 hours or until firm.

INVERT dessert onto plate when ready to serve; remove pan and foil. Frost dessert with remaining COOL WHIP. Slice remaining berries; arrange over dessert.

Healthy Living
Save 30 calories and 4.5 grams of fat per serving by preparing with fat-free sweetened condensed milk, COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping and Reduced Fat OREO Cookies.
Prepare using an 8x4-inch loaf pan.
Be sure to leave enough foil extending over sides of pan so that there is enough to completely cover dessert.

Recipe from:
My own experience from a magazine.