Friday, 17 January 2020

Coming up... Original Story!

Assalamu Alaikum everyone!
Today we have some exciting news to share!
For as long as we can remember we have all loved writing stories, poems, drawing comics, painting, etc. As kids we all went through a phase of wanting to be a writer/illustrator. When making this blog we knew we would want to share some of our work and have done so, except we've never shown any of our writings. This is mainly because, when looking back at our work from several years ago, we realised how much we liked our ideas and wanted to rewrite/improve the storyline to make it more interesting.
We're happy to share with you an original story by Zainab which she first wrote and illustrated when she was 12 years old! It's called Crumbledown School and she wants it to be a series insha'Allah.
Here is the cover and back!
The story follows a group of friends through their everyday lives at school.
Insha'Allah the first chapter will be coming out next Friday and we hope to keep them coming regularly and close to each other.
We are all very excited - Zainab most of all, of course! We hope that you like it, insha'Allah and tell us what you think about it!
Well that is all for this post. Until next Friday, insha'Allah.
Love and wasalaam,


Friday, 10 January 2020

Homemade Wholemeal Bread Recipe

Assalamu Alaikum!
Maryam here! This months recipe is how to make Wholemeal Bread and is one I have really looked forward to sharing with you all. Baking from home is always a cheaper, healthier and, of course, enjoyable option to simply buying it from the shops.
Incase you are unaware, in our family, our parents try their hardest to buy Organic, Non-GMO foods as much as possible. It is sooo much better for the environment, animals, and of course, your health. But finding Organic bread loafs we've found very hard, but I noticed that most of the ingredients needed to make bread we can find Organic and so whenever I have the time I bake wholemeal loafs for our family and, masha'Allah, I've really enjoyed it. Today I'd like to share the recipe with you in the hopes that you might give it ago, because coming home to the aroma of freshly baked bread is always a pleasing thing, alhamdulillah.
Let's begin!

(This recipe makes one loaf)
2 cups wholemeal flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. active dry yeast
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt

1 cup warm milk
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 egg
about 1/4 cup additional all-purpose flour

1) In the bowl of your electric mixer, mix together the flours, yeast, sugar and salt.
2) Stir in milk, followed by the olive oil and egg. Beat the mixer on high for 2 minutes.
3) On low speed, add about 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour and mix until well combined.
4) Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead 50 times (or "turns"). Cover with a cloth and let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes.
5) Shape dough into a loaf and place in a greased 9"x 5" loaf pan. Cover with a cloth and leave it in a warm place until risen 1 inch above the rim of the pan, around 40 minutes.
6) Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 15 minutes. Open oven door, pop a foil tent over the bread to prevent over browning, and bake for a further 15 minutes.
7) Remove immediately from the pan onto a wire rack. Let it cool 15-20 minutes before slicing.
Masha'Allah it is very easy and quick to make since it only really has one proper 'rise'. Hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you give it a go, insha'Allah. Until next Friday.
Love and wasalaam,


Friday, 3 January 2020

10 Basic Baking Equipment Essentials

Assalamu Alaikum!
Today we thought we would share a list of our baking equipment essentials. Just note that these are all things that we would have in a beginner's baking set, so we are not including any electrical appliances or fancy kitchen gadgets.

1. Rolling Pin
Everyone needs a good rolling pin for rolling out cookie dough, pizza bases, flapjacks, etc. We have found that the best rolling pins are the ones without handles. They are more manoeuvrable, durable and easier to clean.

2. Wooden Mixing Spoon
In general, wood is better and safer to use than plastic, and it also lasts forever. We really like using our mum's wooden mixing spoons and they are probably around 20 years old!

3. Mixing Bowl
In our opinion, a large and sturdy mixing bowl is an essential. If you can get one with a lid then it is even better. We need a large bowl as we are big family, but a medium-sized one will do for a smaller family.

4. Spatula
We like the medium-sized rubber spatulas and feel that they are all we really need. However, if you would also like them in another size, then we would recommend getting a small-sized one too.

5. Sieve
When it comes to sieves, it is always best to make sure that you get a metal one and that you get a large-sized one.

6. Whisk
A hand whisk is definitely a must-have item and can sometimes even replace a sieve(if you don't have one). Try to make sure that you get a strong, sturdy one and that you only use it to whisk dry ingredients and thin batters and liquids. This way it will not get damaged and will last longer.

7. Measuring Cups
Obviously, we will need something to measure our ingredients with! A set of, preferably stainless steel, measuring cups is quite useful.

8. Cookie Cutters
The most practical cookie cutters are the circular ones. This is because, unlike other shapes, they allow the cookies to cook evenly. You might notice with star-shaped cookie cutters, for example, that the pointed ends of the star-shaped cookies often overcook.

9. Muffin Trays
Most beginner bakers start off with something simple such as cupcakes or muffins. For this reason, we would recommend getting a couple of muffin trays.

10. Cake Tins
You can have several different cake tins of various sizes, shapes and depths, but if we were to recommend one to start with, it would be a 9 inch round cake tin. It is also best to buy a deeper one, and not the shallow sandwich cake tins - you can always cut the cake in half if you want to frost the middle of it.

Well, that is all for this post. We hope that you found it helpful and enjoyable to read - and we also apologise for getting it up so late! See you next Friday, insha'Allah.


Friday, 27 December 2019

Lazy Vegan Brownies Recipe

Assalamu Alaikum everyone!
It's Hanifah here again this week! This time I wanted to do a recipe post as I haven't done one in a while. These brownies are so easy to whip up and taste really good too, masha'Allah. They are also vegan, nut-free, grain-free and sugar-free!

1 cup pitted Medjool dates
3/4 cup cacao powder
1 cup tahini
1/3 cup plant milk (I used Macadamia milk)
1 flax egg (1 tbsp. flaxseed powder + 3 tbsp. water)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup dark chocolate chunks

1. First you will need to make your flax egg. Combine 1 tablespoon of flaxseed powder with 3 tablespoons of water. Stir and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.

2. In the meantime, grease(I used rapeseed oil) a 9x9 inch baking pan and preheat your oven to 177 degrees Celsius, 350 degrees Fahrenheit, Gas Mark 4.
3. To make the brownie mix, simply place all your ingredients(except for the chocolate chunks) into a food processor.
4. Then blend on a high speed for around 1 minute until the batter is thick and smooth.
5. Next, add the chocolate chunks and pulse until they are somewhat evenly distributed.
5. Spread the brownie batter evenly into the baking pan using a spatula.
6. Bake for 15 minutes, then allow to cool completely before slicing.
These will keep for up to 3 days at room temperature and you can also freeze them if you like.
I hope you liked this recipe and that you give it a try someday. Until next time!