The Iraqi Family Cookbook

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Skillet Berry Apple Cake

This is an easy recipe, and a favorite of my guests during the Summer. You could always use frozen berries too. You only need to slice the apples thinly using a mandolin slicer or a food processor attachment.

I stick of butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for topping
2 eggs
1 Apple thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
I teaspoon vanilla
In a mixing bowl, put the butter and stir in the sugar. Beat it with a mixer until the sugar has combined and the color of butter is pale yellow.
Add the eggs and stir. Add the apples and stir. Add the flour, baking powder and vanilla. Stir to combine the ingredients for 3 minutes.
Put one teaspoon of melted butter in a non stick skillet and butter the surface of the skillet.
Pour the cake batter and drop the berries on top. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar on top of the berries.
Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 30-40 minutes depending on your oven.
Cool in the skillet and then transfer to plate. Serve it with ice cream or whipping cream.

Grilled Lamb Liver كبد خروف مشوي

During the Summer, I try to do most of my cooking on the grill. You can use lamb, goat or beef liver for this recipe. It is a popular street food item on the menu. 
If you do not have metal skewers, use bamboo skewers.You will need to soak the bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes before you put them on the grill. This will prevent them from burning on the grill.
I usually slice and soak the liver pieces in a bowl of water, salt and vinegar for 15 minutes to remover most of the blood.
Ingredients for marinate:
1 pound lamb, sliced and drained
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup of onion, chopped
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mixed spices( Seven Spices or Syrian Spices) it is a combination of cinnamon, allspice, cloves,ginger,cloves, black pepper, and cardamom.
In a bow, put all the above ingredients and stir.
Drain the liver pieces from the water vinegar solution in a colander. Pat them with paper towel and drop them in the marinade and stir to coat the pieces with the oil and spices. Set aside for 15 -30 minutes.
Insert the skewers in the liver pieces. You could thread five pieces per skewer.
Place on the grill, for 5 minutes on each side.
You can serve with tomatoes, scallions, herbs and bread.