All posts by Yakuta Yamani

Yakuta is a self-taught baker and a dessert blogger at Alia Bakes, albeit having learnt a great deal from her late grandmother who was not only an awesome cook, but a culinary teacher. Having begun her journey in Tanzania, Yakuta came to Canada and fine-tuned her baking skills through a series of professional courses. Her journey of experimenting and creating continues today. As Bruce Lee once said: "Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end."
two bowls of fruit salad with rose custard on a white countertop

This Autumn Fruit Salad with Rose Custard is the Seasonal Dessert You Must Try

This fruit salad is a show-stopping finale to any festive autumn feast. With a juicy base of in-season fall fruits, a lovely rose aroma and subtle notes of cardamom and cinnamon, it’s the perfect dessert to celebrate the arrival of cooler temperatures. Not to mention, the smooth velvety custard and crunchiness of the fruits are a brilliant marriage of textures.

two bowls of fruit salad with rose custard on a white countertop

Autumn Fruit Salad with Rose Custard

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Rest Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
For the rose custard
1 cup whole milk
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tsp rose water
2 large egg yolks
¼ cup sugar
1½ Tbsp corn starch

For the fruit salad
½ cup water
2 Tbsp honey
1 cinnamon stick
2 pods cardamom
1 apple, diced
2 plums, diced
2 peaches, diced
1/2 cup blackberries

To serve
Dried rose petals, for garnish (optional)

ingredients for rose custard and fruit salad on a white countertop

Directions:
For the rose custard:
1. Bring milk, cream, and rose water to boil over medium heat in a saucepan. Remove from heat and set the mixture aside.

2. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and corn starch until pale, thick, and creamy.

egg yolks, sugar and corn starch being whisked together for rose custard

3. Pour a little of the creamy rose water mixture into the egg mixture (this prevents the eggs from cooking). Then, add the rest of the creamy rose water mixture, whisk, and transfer back to the saucepan.

warm milk being added to the ingredients for rose custard in a white bowl

4. Cook over medium heat, whisking continuously until it thickens slightly.

Related: These Pumpkin Pie Squares With Candied Pecans is the Fall Dessert You’ve Been Craving

A thick and creamy bowl of rose custard

5. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and cover the surface of the custard with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Related: Nothing Says Fall More Than This Sumac-Spiced Roasted Delicata With Tahini Lemon Drizzle

a bowl of rose custard covered with plastic wrap

 


For the fruit salad:

1.  Add water, honey, and spices to a small pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Then carefully stir in all of the fruits except for blackberries and simmer for 5 more minutes.fruit salad ingredients chopped on a round wooden cutting board

2. Remove the pan from the heat, add in the blackberries and mix thoroughly.

Related: These Ginger Molasses Cookies Will Warm You up on a Chilly Fall Day

a bowl of fruit salad being tossed together

3. Let fruit cool for 5 minutes, then divide into four bowls. Top with a generous dollop of rose custard, a sprinkle of dried rose petals (optional) and serve.

2 bowls of fruit salad with rose custard on a white countertop

Like Yakuta’s fruit salad and rose custard? Try her no-bake saffron yogurt tarts next!

rye chunky chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

These Rye Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Are an Elegant Twist on a Classic

Chocolate chip cookie lovers, say hello to your new favourite baked good. The subtle additions of rye flour and oatmeal lend the classic cookie a nutty, earthy flavour that’s perfect for pairing with your morning coffee or a late-night glass of milk. Plus, the dough can be made in advance and frozen so that you can have fresh, warm cookies at a moment’s notice, perfect for an impressive last-minute dinner party dessert or taking with you for long weekend cottage getaway.

rye chunky chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

Rye Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 40 minutes
Bake Time: 16-18 minutes
Total Time: 66-68 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients:
¾ cup unsalted butter
¾ cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
⅓ cup rye flour
⅓ cup oatmeal
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks

ingredients for rye chunky chocolate chip cookies on a white countertop

Directions:
1. In a stand mixer, whip together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, and combine.

2. Add all of the dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips) into the wet batter and combine using a stand mixer with beater attachment.

Related: These Ginger Molasses Cookies Will Warm You up on a Chilly Fall Day

3. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.

4. Using a spoon or ice cream scoop (for large cookies), portion the dough onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Make sure they are well spaced apart (2-3 inches), so they don’t join when baked.

Dough for rye chunky chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

5. Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes before baking.

6. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden on the edges.

Related: These Creme-Filled Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches Will Make You Feel Like a Pro Baker

Rye chunky chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and enjoy.

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A rye chunky chocolate chip cookie on a cooling rank with a bite taken out of it

Note: The cookie dough can be chilled for up to 3 months in an airtight container in the freezer.

Love Yakuta’s cookies? Try her mango tarts next!

No-bake yogurt mango tarts on kitchen countertop

No-Bake Saffron Yogurt Tarts With Mangoes Were Made for Summer

These tarts are quick and super easy to make. What’s more, they don’t require baking and are actually healthy. The shells are made with dates and mixed nuts and yogurt, saffron and mangoes are used to make the filling. They are the perfect dessert to complement your summer meals. Bonus: the recipe only calls for nine ingredients!

No-bake yogurt mango tarts on kitchen countertop

No-Bake Saffron Yogurt Tart With Mangoes

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

8 Medjool dates
1 cup walnuts
½ cup cashews
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp saffron
2 Tbsp mango puree (optional)
½ cup mango, chopped
Few Mint leaves (optional)

No-bake yogurt mango tart ingredients on kitchen countertop

Directions:

1. For the crust: in a food processor pulse the dates, walnuts and cashews until the mixed nuts are coarse and the mixture has combined.

2. Press the mixture into four small tart pans (or one 8-inch tart pan with a removable bottom). Chill in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Related: No-Bake Desserts You Need to Make This Summer

3. For the filling: in a mixing bowl add the Greek yogurt, honey, saffron and mango puree.

4. Remove the crust from the freezer and carefully remove it from the tart tin, placing each one on to a serving platter or individual plates. Spread the filling on top of the crust, top it with mango pieces, a few saffron strands and mint leaves if you desire.

No-bake yogurt mango tarts being assembled on kitchen countertop

No-bake yogurt mango tarts on kitchen countertop

Like Yakuta’s no-bake tart? Try her one-bowl flowerpot cupcakes.

Graduation cupcakes on countertop

Easy Graduation Cupcakes to Celebrate Your Loved One’s Success

Graduation — whether it be from high school, university or a toddler who just learnt to walk — is a great achievement. It calls for celebration and cupcakes are a great way to do this. This cupcake recipe has a perfect balance of tart summer raspberries and aromatic vanilla beans. They’re oh-so delicious and are decorated just for the occasion that’ll surely “wow” the crowd, big or small.

Graduation cupcakes on countertop

Easy Graduation Cupcakes

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cupcake
2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
2 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 egg white
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ cup whole milk
24 raspberries

Buttercream
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp whole milk
½ tsp white food colouring (optional)

Assembly
12 mini peanut butter cups
12 chocolate squares
4 licorice candy strings (cut into 24 equal pieces)
12 Smarties

Graduation cupcake ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a cupcake tin with paper cups.

2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients listed for the cupcakes (except the raspberries). Using an electric mixer or whisk, combine to form smooth mixture.

3. Using an ice-cream scoop or spoon, fill the cupcake tin with the batter. Push in two raspberries per cupcake and bake for 20-25 minutes. Once baked, let the cupcakes cool at room temperature for at least 1 hour.

Graduation cupcakes being assembled

4. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the buttercream: using a mixer, whisk the butter and icing sugar together until light, pale yellow and fluffy. Add the vanilla, milk, and food colouring. Whisk for another 2 minutes.

5. Using a spoon, fill the piping bag with the prepared buttercream and pipe it on top of the cupcakes. Then, add a peanut butter cup (upside down) on top of each frosted cupcake.

Related: Best Homemade Doughnut Recipes Perfect for Any Celebration

6. Attach a chocolate square on top of the peanut butter cup using a small amount of buttercream. Dip one end of two cut licorice strings into the buttercream and place onto the centre of the chocolate square. Then place a Smartie on top using a little buttercream.

Graduation cupcakes on countertop

Like Yakuta’s cupcake recipe? Try her one-bowl flowerpot cupcakes.

These One-Bowl Flowerpot Cupcakes Are the Cutest Thing We’ve Ever Seen

These flowerpot cupcakes are a wonderful celebration of the spring season — and they’re unbelievably easy to make! The terracotta pots give character, making them perfect for garden parties. The soft and moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with a luscious milk chocolate ganache and decorated with mint sprigs and edible flowers. Added bonus: with just one bowl, cleanup is easy peasy.

chocolate flowerpot cupcakes in terracotta planters

One-Bowl Chocolate Flowerpot Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Rest Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Servings: 6 cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cupcakes
90 ml all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
½ cup sugar
½ tsp cornstarch
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ cup buttermilk
¼ cup brewed black coffee
2 ½ Tbsp oil or melted butter
1 large egg

Ganache
½ cup whipping cream
¾ cup milk chocolate

Assembly
¼ cup chocolate cookie crumbs
6 sprigs mint leaves
8-10 edible flowers
6 small terra cotta pots

chocolate flowerpot cupcake ingredients on countertop

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a muffin tin with paper cups.

2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients listed for the cupcakes. Using an electric mixer or whisk, combine to form smooth mixture.

Related: Cute Tea Towels to Brighten up Your Kitchen for Spring

3. Using an ice-cream scoop or spoon, fill the cupcake pan with the batter. Bake for 25 minutes. Once baked, let the cupcakes cool at room temperature for at least 1 hour.

chocolate cupcakes baked in muffin tin

4. While the cupcakes are cooling, for the ganache: add the whipping cream and milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1-minute intervals, mixing after every minute until combined.

5. Refrigerate the ganache mixture for 30 minutes (or until it is cold and thick). Once cool, take it out of the refrigerator and using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, mix to a thick creamy consistency.

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6. Using either a spoon or a spatula, spread the ganache onto the cupcakes and sprinkle the chocolate cookie crumbs. Then, add the mint sprigs and edible flowers. Finally, insert the prepared cupcakes into miniature terracotta pots.

chocolate flowerpot cupcakes ready for assembly next to terra cotta planters