بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
It's been a while everyone. A long while in fact. I took a year away from the Internet and social life as my mother died then later last winter I injured my back and went through a bout of depression. I'm slowing starting to come around. I appreciate all the lovely support and messages I've recieved in my e-mail box and on Facebook.
After the faith packed month of Ramadan, came the Eid cakes preparations. It made me think of my little old blog and how I missed doing it. I must admit there were times it became a chore to do, but overall was something fun that brought joy to my life and has been a bridge for me meet some lovely people from all over the world.
I made this dessert the other when some friends came to visit. Something quick that really takes very little effort. Here in Algeria, most bakeries sell this dessert Flan Patissier baked in enormous trays. This classic dessert made its way from France, where it's usually baked in a flaky shirt crust pastry. Doing some research using my friend Cheikh Google I came across Flan Patissier's more creamy and zingy cousin the Spanish Cuajada.
Cuajada, also known as Gatzatua or Mamia in other parts of Spain, is a unique creamy dessert made from ewe's milk that can be sweet or savory. Very similar to yoghurt in texture, but slightly different in taste. Cuajada is mild and not acidic. Although the ingredients that I use for my Cuajada is availible in most superettes ... being able to eat Cuajada all year round is very convenient. I love the idea of waiting until the holiday times to enjoy something so precious. Always a treat, given and received with great love and appreciation.
My fondess for yoghurt, it naturally follows that I love cuajada too. This is, after all, a simple milky dessert, taken with honey, sometimes nuts, sometimes fruit and sometimes by itself. But there is something about its creamy smoothness, its milky white innocence, which makes me feel inexplicably optimistic about life!
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