• Jan
  • 10
  • 2011

Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake


6 eggs separated

1/2 cup icing sugar mixture

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2 tbsp cornflour

150 g dark chocolate, melted

1 tbsp water

600ml thickened cream

450g dark chocolate, chopped coarsely

1 tbsp coffee (dilluted with 3 tbsp warm water and1 tbsp sugar)


1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Grease a 20cm springfoam pan; line base and sides with baking paper.

2. Beat egg yolks and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until thick and creamy; transfer to large bowl. Fold in combined sifted cocoa powder and cornflour, then chocolate; fold in the water.

3. Beat egg whites in medium bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold egg whites, in two batches at a time, into chocolate mixture. Spread mixture into prepared pan; bake in moderate oven about 15minutes. Turn cake onto wire rack. Cover with baking paper; cool to room temperature.

4. Combine cream and extra chocolate in medium saucepan; stir over low heat until smooth. Transfer to large bowl; refrigerate until just cold.

5. Add the coffee mixture; beat with electric mixer until changes to a paler colour. Pour mixture into prepared tin; refrigerate about 3 hours or until set.

  • Dec
  • 16
  • 2010

Chocolate Fondant/Moelleux du chocolat

Adapted from KoKo Black’s Spring Brochure


60g caster sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
100g unsalted butter
100g koko black chocolate – 54% cocoa
50g plain flour, sieved
cocoa powder for dusting


Lightly brush the ramekins (150ml or 200ml capacity) with softened butter and dust with cocoa powder, put these on a tray in the fridge while you make the mixture.

Gently mix together the sugar, eggs and yolks with a whisk, be careful no to incorporate too much air. Using a whisk helps to reduce lumps and ensure a smooth consistency.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water or in a bain marie if you have one. Remove from heat and add to the egg mixture and gently combine. Lightly fold in the flour ensuring there are no lumps.

Place 100g of the moelleux mix into each ramekin. Cover each ramekin or the whole tray with cling film and allow the mixture to rest for two hours in the fridge.

Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees Celcius (fan forced). Remove tray from fridge and place straight into the oven and bake for 13 minutes.

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Categories: Dessert, Recipes for the Muslim Family
  • Dec
  • 15
  • 2010

Apple Crumble Custard Trifle

Biscuit base:
– 250g Scotch Fingers
– 250g Anzac Biscuits

Apple Layer:

-10 medium Granny Smith apples, diced
– 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
– 1 cup brown sugar

Custard Layer:

– ½ cup flour
-1 cup sugar
-3 cups milk
-4 egg yolks


1. Process biscuits in a food processor.

2. In a medium pot, cook apples with cinnamon and brown sugar until soft and watery. Drain juices from the apples.

3. To make the custard layer, in a small pot whisk milk, yolks and sugar then gradually add flour. Keep whisking and as soon as combine, turn off the stove. This process takes about 3-4 minutes.

To Assemble:

Put some of the biscuit mixture on the bottom of the trifle bowl, then 1/3 apples and 1/3 custard*

*Repeat this process 3 times and finish off the top with the remaining biscuit mixture. Refrigerate until serve.

  • Dec
  • 15
  • 2010

Seeking Allah’s protection for your children

Seeking Allah's protection for your children

The Prophet (SAW) used to seek Allah’s protection for Hassan and Hussain by saying:


‘U’eethukumaa bikalimaatil-laahit-taammati min kulli shaytaanin wa haammatin,

wamin kulli ‘aynin laammatin.

I seek protection for you in the Perfect Words of Allah from every devil and every beast , and from every envious blameworthy eye.

Reference: Al-Bukhari 4/119.

You may download the PDF, print and paste it on your wall. Download it free from here

  • Mar
  • 23
  • 2010

Mini Banana Choc Chip Muffins

Mini Banana Choc Chip Muffins


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Categories: Dessert, Recipes for the Muslim Family
  • Mar
  • 18
  • 2010

Simple Chicken Pie

Simple Chicken Pie

A recipe from a dear friend…

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  • Mar
  • 18
  • 2010

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate cheesecake

  • Mar
  • 12
  • 2010

Naming your newborn child

“Argh, I’m so confused”

“Do you like this name?”

“No, I don’t like that name!”

Does that sound like you? Choosing a name for your baby can be an exciting yet emotional experience for new parents.

To start off with, there are thousands of beautiful names out there and yes it can be a little overwhelming.

Secondly, you might be worried that your husband (or relatives) will not like your chosen name and therefore the process starts all over again…ahh how stressful can it be, right?

In Islam, it is essential to name your child with a beautiful, nice meaningful name. This name will be used to address him/her in this life and also in the hereafter.


1.Don’t rush! You have all the time to think about baby names until you have your little one in your arms.

2. Talk about prospective names with your husband. Include your mother, mother in law and other family members in the discussion. Make them feel part of it and it certainly would make them feel happy as they would have played a part in the decision making.

3. Make sure it goes well with his/her surname. So spell out the names and say it out loud (with the surname). Usually if the surname is short, it is nice to have a long first name. For example, “Safiyyah Saad” or “Abdurrahman Jaree”. Or if the surname is long, it is nice to have a short first name. For example, “Alia Abdullah” or “Khalid Abdul-Malik”.

4. Think about whether you’d like to name your child after someone significant, after a sahabah or a prophet.

It is makrooh to deliberately name someone after immoral people such as singers and actors/actresses, etc. If they have good names, it is permissible to use those names, but it must be because of the meaning of the name and not because of the desire to imitate those people.

5. Short list the names you and your husband like.

6. Keep the list to a maximum of 5 names that you and your husband has agreed upon.

7. Choose a name that will not be used as an insult/tease later on when the child goes to school etc.

7. Pray istikarah.

8. Finally, be proud and grateful of the name that you and your husband has chosen!

  • Oct
  • 02
  • 2009

London Almonds

London Almonds

London Almonds

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Categories: Dessert, Recipes for the Muslim Family
  • Sep
  • 15
  • 2009

Etiquette of Eid

What are the Sunnahs and etiquettes that we should act in accordance with on the day of Eid?.


1 – Doing ghusl before going out to the prayer.

It was narrated in a saheeh hadeeth in al-Muwatta’ and elsewhere that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar used to do ghusl on the day of al-Fitr before going out to the prayer-place in the morning. Al-Muwatta’ 428.

Al- Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said that the Muslims were unanimously agreed that it is mustahabb to do ghusl for Eid prayer.

The reason why it is mustahabb is the same reason as that for doing ghusl before Jumu’ah and other public gatherings. Rather on Eid the reason is even stronger.

2 – Eating before going out to pray on Eid al-Fitr and after the prayer on Eid al-Adha:

Part of the etiquette is not to go out to pray on Eid al-Fitr until one has eaten some dates, because of the hadeeth narrated by al-Bukhaari from Anas ibn Maalik, who said that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used not to go out on the morning of Eid al-Fitr until he had eaten some dates… of which he would eat an odd number. Al-Bukhaari, 953.

It is mustahabb to eat before going out to emphasize the fact that it is forbidden to fast on that day and to demonstrate that the fast has ended.

Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) suggested that the reason for that was so as to ward off the possibility of adding to the fast, and to hasten to obey the command of Allaah. Al-Fath, 2/446

Whoever does not have any dates may break his fast with anything that is permissible.

But on Eid al-Adha it is mustahabb not to eat anything until one comes back from the prayer, so he should eat from the udhiyah if he has offered a sacrifice. If he is not going to offer a sacrifice there is nothing wrong with eating before the prayer.

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