An Early Eid Mubarak, dear Readers! On these last few days of Ramadan, we here at Baked Illustrations have put together a little list for you of some of our favourite recipes for Eid. Whether you are a novice baker or one who likes a good baking challenge, we have got a recipe for everyone. Read through and find your choice of dessert!
~ Nanaimo Bars~
Nanaimo bars are a three layered wonder consisting of chocolate, dry fruit and nuts and buttercream! For occasions like Eid, desserts that can be cut into bars are a convenient option because you can pre-cut them and serve them to guests in a jiffy. What’s more, these are “no-bake” bars that you can assemble in just a few hours! For the recipe, click on this link: http://www.joyofbaking.com/NanaimoBars.html
~ The Trifle ~
This will take you the better part of a day to complete on the day before eid, but it’s incredibly easy, and worth every minute of effort. This is the famous D’lite Trifle from the mock bakery we had in our school! It was one of our bestsellers, so much so that 5 years past our graduation, people still remember it. This is perfect for a hot day, and even more perfect for when you return from Eid salat and are looking for something refreshing.
~ Millionaire Shortbread ~
Another bar option for Eid are these rich, buttery shortbread squares with caramel filling and topped with chocolate glaze. I made them for Eid last year and they went down really well among family and friends! For the recipe, click here: http://www.joyofbaking.com/Millionaire’sShorbreadBars.html
~ Pavlova ~
This is one of those desserts I leave for a lazy day. It’s incredibly easy, all you have to do is keep a keen eye on the bowl for a few minutes while the egg whites whip up to their full glory. Here’s my favorite recipe from the Joy of Baking. Whip it up the day before Eid and leave it in the oven overnight.
~ Cupcakes ~
Can’t decide whether to bake chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla with his sweet boyish charms and chocolate with the tall dark and handsome going on. Why not mix the two together? Try the Dynamic Duo: Chocolate and Vanilla Marbled Cupcakes!
~ Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting ~
Cakes are another good option for those who have a lot of guests (expected/unexpected) for Eid. You can keep it on display and cut up a slice when someone arrives. This cake, is deceptively good especially because of its pairing with cream cheese frosting. It might not sound as good as a “Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese frosting” but trust me what this cake lacks in glamour it makes up for it in taste. I should mention that to really enjoy a carrot cake, it helps if you’re a fan of cinnamon/nutty flavours but then again who am I to make the rules! Go ahead go on over to this link for the recipe: http://www.joyofbaking.com/CarrotCake.html
~ Le Melon Smoothie ~
This will most definitely be an improvement to your Eid morning! It only needs a few minutes, just make sure you have all the ingredients on hand from the night before. Chop and remove the seeds from about one cup of watermelon and one cup of honeydew, and toss them into the blender with a cup of your favourite vanilla ice cream. This will give you two tall, chilled, luxurious milkshakes. You can double, triple, quadruple the recipe as you like.
~ Brownie ~
There is absolutely no one who would not love a rich, chocolate batch of brownies. The moist, melt in your mouth little squares are best served with a cup of coffee, or a glass of warm milk. This recipe from Ina Garten is absolutely spectacular.
~ Lemon Tart ~
Lemon tart/s is one of those desserts which are always a hit among people because c’mon who does not like lemons in this country? With all the heavy-eating that goes on during Eid paired with the heat this year,a slice of lemon tart can be a refreshing dessert with its lemon-y punch. As this dessert consists of two separate elements,a tart base and lemon curd you have the freedom to play around with the size.You can make individual tarts or you can also make a single large tart which you can then cut up and serve. For instance I made individual tarts one year and a single big one another year for Eid. Wanna try it out, click here: http://www.joyofbaking.com/LemonCurdTart.html
~ Banana Bread ~
While this is a complete dessert on its own, this Eid you can glam it up by warming up the banana bread slice and serving it with some vanilla ice cream! Just imagine digging into a warm, crisp banana bread slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream…the intermingling of hot and cold in your mouth…such a sensory treat! Has this gotten you excited enough to try it? Here’s the recipe link: http://www.bakedillustrations.com/the-banana-bread-surprisingly-simple-and-good/
Let us know which ones you try and how it goes! Have a wonderful Eid, everyone!
– A & Z