Introducing Shamim’s Pantry Pasture Grazed Ghee

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Hi my dear friends and fellow bloggers!

Again… it has been a tad bit too long since I wrote to you last.  As I mentioned in my previous post I was working on “Project Ghee”, well I don’t think I called it that exactly … but it sure does sound good right now 🙂

Anyway, let me tell you what I’ve been up too.  I’ve been preoccupied with ‘GHEE’, now I’m sure you shaking your head and thinking, “Really Shamim, like you had to tell us that!” (sarcasm intended)  Well, of course it’s ghee.  Ghee all the way baby!

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Chocolaty Almond Cupcakes Dolloped with Bittersweet Ganache

Ladies and Gentlemen,

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I believe I do owe you an apology for not writing as often as I should.

But … for now… I have to make up for my absence with this absolutely wonderful recipe for a super moist and dense almond chocolate cupcake topped with a creamy and decadent bittersweet chocolate ganache.  If you’re like me, and just cannot wait long enough for the cake too cool down before frosting it, you’re in luck baby.  This is the recipe for you!  I highly recommend you give it a try.  It takes a jiffy to make and bakes up in about 15 mins.

As the cake takes it’s short warm ride in the oven.  You will have already whipped up the chocolate ganache to top it.  And in the time it takes for the cupcakes to cool, you may pour yourself a cuppa and gaze dreamily out the window sniffing in the warm chocolaty aroma emanating throughout your serene little kitchen. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies with Coconut Sugar and Ghee

From the Archives… Another favorite! Just made them again today, and they were delicious!

For The Love Of Ghee

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I craved something sugary but not cane sugar sweet.  I had an idea, maybe something with a little more depth – a sweet treat with coconut sugar.  Already my mind was swirling and I began tampering about in my kitchen experimenting.  I thought to myself, “Well, if I was to use coconut sugar I might as well make it gluten free AND add ghee as its base.”  A few days later I came up with this recipe.  This revelation happened months ago and I have since, made it umpteen times and it’s practically begged to be showed off.

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No Marmalade Orange Pudding Cake!

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No Marmalade Orange Pudding Cake – Wow, what a mouthful it is, but such a worthy title!  Let me tell you a little secret, there really is not a speck of marmalade in it.  Yup you got that right!  Although I must say I had to boil an orange for it.  This citrusy treat is loaded with the rich, orangey, sticky sweet sensation that a orange marmalade pudding cake would deserve if there ever was one.  This cake is unbelievably moist, dense and bursting with fresh citrusy notes.

 

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Who would have thought boiling an orange would be so much fun!  First of all, simmering the orange in a huge pot of water was an experience it itself.  The beautiful orb of bright orange, simply floated about bouncing ever so gently around the pot as if suspended by some invisible thing.  It was a sunny day as I set to my task, and the water glinted with golden hues in the surreal pool of orange. Continue reading

Moroccan Sausage Rolls

Moroccan Sausage Rolls have become an all time favorite in my household.  My first encounter with these moist, crumbly and crunchy lamb sausage rolls was at Bourke Street Bakery in Sydney, Austrialia.  Literally, one bite into these delectable goodies and I was hooked, I know, I know it does seem rather cliche but really they were sooooo damn good!

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The harissa, a moroccan spice blend, in this recipe gives the sausage roll a warm bite and the added raisins, a gentle sweetness.  I cheated a bit in this recipe, yes I did, and bought a jar of harissa instead of making it from scratch as stipulated in the original recipe… and they taste just as good. I would sincerely suggest you try this recipe, you’re going to thank me you did cause these crunchy puffs of savory goodness are so worth it!

My love for ‘meat pies’ ignited when I was a wee little one. My mum made delicious chicken pies that I loved dunking into ketchup, then and now too. Another favorite, was the ever popular ‘steak pie‘ a local favorite in Zimbabwe.  Every cafe claimed to have the best steak pie. My favorite was a little cafe near my home in Harare – they made a flaky, buttery pastry that housed the juiciest chunks of beef, dotted with fat, in a peppery sauce.  Alas, the bakery is no more but I’m left with fond memories of peering through the glass counter and salivating at the glory that laid before me.

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