Knock, knock… Anyone there?
I disappeared, didn’t I? I’m sorry, life just happened and I got caught up in it. To give you an idea of what has kept me, here’s just a short breakdown of everything that’s happened since we last spoke:
- Some of my closest friends, whom I have met through blogging, threw me a surprise virtual baby shower! I am so humbled by their love and kindness :) Here is a roundup of what everyone shared: Faaiza, Sarah, Asiya, and Amira.
- We celebrated my son’s birthday with a handful of family, close friends, and classmates. My due date was 10 days from his actual birthday, so we celebrated early because I couldn’t see myself dealing with a room full of energizer bunnies, otherwise known as preschoolers, so close to my due date.
- My mom flew in from California! She’s still in town, but only until this Saturday.
- My brother also flew in from California, although his trip was much shorter (he stayed for a little less than one week).
- And most importantly, we welcomed our newest addition, Ms. Zunaira, on May 28th, at 2:55 p.m. She is 3 weeks old, and she’s already got her older brother and daddy wrapped around her tiny fingers!
After her birth, days blended into nights, and it’s only now that I am slowly starting to emerge from the fog that is nightly feedings, constant diaper changes, cleaning spit-up, and piles of folded laundry that need to be put away. Alhumdullilah, praise be to God, I wouldn’t have it any other way :)
Speaking of updates, Ramadan Mubarak/Happy Ramadan! We’ve been blessed with the return of this Holy month, and I pray that we all find the peace and rewards that come along with it.
In the spirit of Ramadan, I am joining Asiya (of Chocolate and Chillies) and Sarah (of Flour and Spice) in hosting the very special Eid Eats 2015! What is Eid Eats, you might be wondering? Consider it a virtual potluck in which you “bring” (ie., blog about) a food item which is reminiscent of Eid (the holiday marking the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan). What you decide to share can be something traditional that’s made in your home/family, or you can get creative and share something completely out of the ordinary. The choice is yours, as long as it screams Eid festivities to you :)
Here are a few guidelines in order to participate:
- Prepare and blog about your food item on July 15th, 2015. You can prepare your blog post beforehand, just be sure to have it go live on the above-mentioned date.
- Link your post to the party hosts blogs (Flour and Spice, Chocolate and Chillies, and My Ninja Naan) and be sure to include the party button/graphic (the one you see above) in your post.
- Visit the aforementioned blogs on July 15th and be sure to submit your post via the link party (will be set up that day).
- Check out what our fellow bloggers have submitted, and be sure to head on over to their space and leave them some love in their comments section!
To help usher in some Ramadan festiveness, I decided to whip up a delicious Cinnamon Roll Cake. When Sarah initially shared this, I knew it was something that I just had to make! I finally got the chance this week, as my brother was leaving to go back home to California, and I figured that I needed to make this when someone else was around because otherwise I would be eating the whole thing myself (and we all know that that wouldn’t be very wise). Although it may seem daunting, preparing the cake was very simple, and the only downside to the whole process was waiting for it to come out of the oven to be devoured :)
Cinnamon Roll Cake
Yield: One 9-inch Cake
- 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup milk
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ pound cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Mix and set aside.
In a separate dish, heat water, milk, and butter together until the butter has melted and the mixture is warm to touch. Combine liquid mixture with the flour mixture. Add egg and knead on medium-low speed until a cohesive and pliable dough is formed. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface, knead by hand for a few minutes, then place in a lightly greased bowl and set aside for 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine filling ingredients. Mix until thoroughly combined and set aside.
Set aside a greased 9-inch pie plate, cake pan, or springform pan.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the prepared dough out into a15”x12” rectangle. Spread prepared filling evenly over the surface.
Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into six 2-inch strips. Loosely roll up one strip and place it at the center of the prepared pan. Coil the remaining strips of dough around the center roll, starting each strip at the end of the previous strip. Be sure to leave some space in between the coils, as the dough needs room to rise. Cover the cake and set aside to rise for 60 to 90 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned.
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar, making sure to scrape down the sides, and beat until thoroughly combined. Add milk and vanilla, and mix until combined.
Generously spread frosting over warm cake.