Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

Month: December 2019

Gerbeaud / Zserbo

Gerbeaud / Zserbo

Chocolate-covered, layered, and full of apricot jam and walnut filling, gerbeaud was the first Hungarian dessert I was introduced to. The bite-sized pieces trick you into eating many slices of this indulgent Christmas-time treat. Edina (my boyfriend Soma’s mom) and their family always make gerbeaud […]

Black Seed Biscuits

Black Seed Biscuits

These delicious flaky biscuits are inspired by my favorite cookie, Kakat’ Mahlab. Black seeds, butter and mahlab spice are the mainstays of both these biscuits and the cookies. And, as Nana would say, “it has just a finger of butter,” which is Nana language for […]

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Take this winter classic drink to the next level! Here, at Three Teas Kitchen, we love traditions and classic recipes. When we would go on our afternoon tea tradition at The Ritz-Carlton, I would order their hot chocolate set. It was such a nice holiday look that reminded me of the scene in The Santa Claus with Tim Allen when the elf Judy brought him hot cocoa… Anyways, we always thought the Ritz-Carlton’s hot chocolate was truly magical because it tasted amazing and indulgent. One day we asked how they made it so good. Maybe they added the perfect combo of cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, and sugar? But no! Their secret ingredient was only Swiss Miss!

From this memory, we decided to create our own truly magical creation of hot chocolate, Middle Eastern style. I love making this with Califia’s oat milk, but you can also replace with milk. This lovely hot chocolate is complemented with the buttery taste of saffron and a bit of cardamom to add an extra kick. Hope this recipe brings you and your families a hot chocolate treat just like we experienced in our childhood!

Hot Chocolate

Prep Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1/4 tsp crushed cardamom seeds
  • 3 strands saffron
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 15 grams 70% dark chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp sugar

Instructions
 

  • Heat oat milk in a small sauce pan on medium heat with cardamom and saffron for about 2-3 mins then lower heat to medium/low for 5 minutes. I like to use whole cardamom seeds that I have crushed myself using a mortar and pestle.
  • In your desired mug, place 15 grams of finely chopped chocolate. I'm using grams here as chopping chocolate can produce different results if you use a tablespoon or cups. I found that 15 grams was the best amount of chocolate to my taste, but you can add more or less depending on your taste!
  • Once oat milk is heated, strain out cardamom and saffron and pour on melted chocolate.
  • Whisk chocolate and oat milk in your much until chocolate is thoroughly melted
  • Whisk in vanilla, pinch of salt, and sugar
  • Optionally, you can make whipped topping using either whipping cream or coconut cream.
Shekkar Lemma (Sugar Cookie)

Shekkar Lemma (Sugar Cookie)

There is no better cookie to kick-off the holiday cookie baking season than Shekkar Lemma. Its simple and minimal ingredients make it an easy cookie to make, but its not your average sugar cookie. Its ratios of butter, sugar and flour, produce the most heavenly, […]

Middle Eastern Eggs Benedict

Middle Eastern Eggs Benedict

I love brunch. Not only because it’s a time to get boozy with friends and family during the day, but mainly because there are so many fun food options! You can have sweet and savory items all part of the feast in the same course, […]