Category Archives: muffins, cupcakes

muffins and cupcakes

Citrus muffins (Nammoura)

This is one of the most popular Ramadan pastries. I was always critical of the ones sold in stores as being too cloyingly sweet and too dense. Instead, I devised some nammoura bars and a batch of nammoura muffins. The nammouras  are still sweet, but with a soft tender texture and full of tanginess from […]

Peach cupcake

  Carole, at Alter Gusto,  is one of my favorite French bloggers (she edits her blog straight from Marseille); she  made a classic loaf cake with apricots, olive oil and orange blossom water. I simply substituted peaches. We are blessed with a glut of peaches this Summer.  You will not detect the taste of the […]

Citrus muffins

I am naming these Marie’s cakes after my little niece who helped me make them; she is six and is passionate about baking.; in fact, Marie is already planning the name of her future restaurant. She was eager to help every step of the way and asked a question every five seconds:  ” Tante Joumana […]

Flourless black forest cupcake

Beirut is not lacking in fine pastry shops; quite the contrary, I can list several that rival Paris best pâtisseries (there is even a Ladurée shop in Beirut for macarons), not counting my friendAnne-Marie‘s yummy creations. As a side note, the reason Lebanon has such a strong French influence is not because it was a […]

Fresh strawberry muffins

  These are extra-light textured, extra-moist, slightly spongy, studded with fresh strawberry bits, doused in fresh strawberry syrup. INGREDIENTS: 2 cups cake flour 1 teaspoon of baking powder 1 teaspoon of baking soda 1/2 teaspoon of salt 4 ounces of yogurt (114 g.) 4 ounces of melted unsalted butter (114 g.) Can substitute oil 1 […]