Tag Archives: Walnuts

Salad Grande

Salad Grande is my very own salad which was a big hit on one of my dinner parties. It goes great as side salad with grilled meat and meatloaf and people go crazy over this. It is like spring in a bowl ❤

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  • 3 cups 4 leaf lettuce mix (coral, cos, endives, baby spinach)
  • ½ cherry tomato halves
  • 1 medium red onions (sliced into rings)
  • ½ cup pitted and halved Kalamata olives
  • 1 continental cucumber sliced into semi circles
  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbspn pine nuts (fresh)
  • 2 tbspns freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 spring onion (only green part, sliced diagonally)


  • 4 tbspns lemon juice
  • Some freshly cracked black pepper
  • Some sea salt
  • 1 thai red chilli (finely chopped)
  • 1 big clove of garlic (minced)
  • A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tspn apple cider vinegar (Optional)


  1. Wash, pat dry and cut all the vegetables as per instructions and place them in a mixing salad bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix all the ingredients for dressing and whisk. Drizzle this dressing over the salad. Mix and toss.
  3. Take out the salad onto the serving dish and garnish with some walnuts, pine nuts and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Serve.


Chocolate Chip Walnut Brownies

Chocolate chip walnut brownies is just another variation of brownies. With brownies you can be as versatile as you want, you can add anything you like, walnuts, hazelnuts, dried fruits, almonds, pine nuts, pistachios, white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, caramel bits, caramel sauce, literally anything you like and it will turn out as good as you want…..

My this recipe is one of the easiest recipes on planet, you dont have to spoil much dishes, no hassel, no problems….. all good!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen


  • 3 eggs
  • 200 gms bittersweet/ dark chocolate
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • A splash of vanilla
  • 180 gms butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup mixed white chocolate and milk chocolate chips
  • Some icing sugar to sprinkle
  • A pinch of salt


-Preheat oven to 180 degrees celius. Grease a brownie pan with some non stick spray and line it with butter paper. (brownie pan is mostly 9 inch square pan)

-In a microwave proof bowl, throw some butter, icing sugar and brown sugar and microwave for 2 mins.

-Take it out and mix well until everything is melted, mixed, glossy and shiny. Put it aside to cool for 2 – 3 minutes.

-Now in a separate bowl, whisk eggs and vanilla.

-No gradually start adding the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture with constant whisking and make a smooth chocolaty velvety mixture.

-Sift in one cup of flour and a pinch of salt.

-Whisk but do not over mix.

-Pour half of this batter into the prepared pan, put a layer of walnuts and chocolate chips and then cover it with the other layer of chocolate.

-Spread it with the spatula and make it smooth from the top.

-Bake for 25 – 35 minutes (depending on your oven).

-No toothpick test is required because we have added chocolate chips to our brownies and the toothpick may not come out clean.

-Take the pan out of the oven, let it cool in the pan for 5 minutes then take it out onto the cooling rack.

-Let it cool for 5 minutes if you serving hot with ice cream or you want it hot, fudgy ad gooey or let it cook for 30 minutes atleast.

-Cut into 16 square pieces and a wonderful delight is ready to delight you and your family & friends.

Triple Chocolate Caramel Brownies

A teeni tiny piece of heaven…… decadent, chocolaty and ultimate….. Try now 😀

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Ayesha’s Kitchen


  • ¾ cup of All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup of Cocoa Powder
  • ½ cup of Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • ¼ tsp of Salt
  • 2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup of Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 cup of White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup of Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2/3 cup of Caramel Sauce (Ayesha’s Kitchen recipe/ Store bought)
  • ½ tsp of Instant Espresso Powder


-Grease a square non-stick brownie pan and line the sides and the bottom with baking paper.

-Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius.

-Combine all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt and coffee granules in a bowl and sift it. These are your dry ingredients.

-Now in a big mixing bowl cream butter and sugar with spatula or you can use electric hand mixer to do this job for you.

-Switch to hand whisk and whisk in one egg at a time until the mixture is creamy in texture. Add vanilla and your sifted dry ingredients.

-Whisk until the mixture is combined (DO NOT OVER MIX, WE DON’T WANT BREAD DOUGH).

-Divide the mixture into two parts.

-Pour one part into the greased pan, making it even.

-Now in a separate bowl combine your chocolate chips and walnuts and spread them over the brownie batter in the pan. Pour over some caramel sauce.

-Now lay the layer of the other part of the brownie mixture on the caramel and nuts. Patiently, spread it as even as possible. Please make sure all the caramel and chocolate is covered.

-Bake for 30 – 35 minutes (depending on the oven).

-Take it out and let it cool completely for 30 – 40 minutes because we have caramel inside and if we will cut the pieces now it’s going to be a runny mess.

-Peel off the baking paper and cut it into squares. (Probably 9 squares)

-Serve as it is with tea or coffee and if you are like me (don’t drink coffee or tea), serve it with a side of your favourite ice cream, some whipped cream and strawberries or any other berries.



Banana Walnut Muffins with Maple Butter Glaze

Banana Walnut Muffins …….. a warm delight in winters and spring season. Whenever it comes to banana bread or banana muffin, I like it with Cappuccino or mocha. Try this easy recipe and enjoy….

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Ayesha’s Kitchen


  • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • pinch salt
  • 115g butter
  • 115g dark brown soft sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 500g (3 – 4 large bananas) mashed overripe bananas
  • 200 gms chopped walnuts


  • 100 gms Melted butter
  • 100 gms maple syrup


-Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease and line 24 cup muffin tray.

-In a large bowl, combine flour, bicarb soda and salt.

-In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas and chopped walnuts until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour mixture into prepared loaf tin.

-Bake in preheated oven for 15 – 25 minutes, until a knife inserted into the muffins comes out clean. Leave to cool in tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire cooling rack.

-For butter mix in all the ingredients given for maple butter and glaze the hot muffins with it.

Chocolate Walnut Fudge Cake

On our 5th Nikah Anniversary …….

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Ayesha’s Kitchen


  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 4 tbspns melted cooking chocolate (melted in double broiler/ chocolate syrup)
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 tbspns cocoa powder
  • 2 tbspns melted butter + extra for greasing
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts


  • Some walnut halves to decorate
  • 2 tbspns milk
  • 2 tbspns cream
  • 3 tbspns melted chocolate (melted in double broiler/ chocolate syrup)
  • 100gms butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbspn honey
  • 2 tbspns nutella spread


-Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.

-Grease a spring form pan (18cm).

-Sift the flour and cocoa together.

-Melt the chocolate (75gms chopped dark cooking chocolate) in double broiler or over boiling hot water. (Make sure when you are making the cake mixture, you have everything ready and handy).

-In a mixing bowl, crack 4 eggs and add both the sugars. Beat for 10 minutes with an electric beater until the mixture is pale and fluffy and trail is left when the whisk is dragged across the surface of the mixture.

-Add sifted flour and fold into the eggs and sugar mixture with a wooden spoon or palette knife.  Fold in the melted butter, chocolate and chopped walnuts.

-Pour into the prepared spring form tin and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until springy on the touch.

-Leave to cook in the tin for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack and leave too cool completely.

-To make the icing combine everything together in mixing bowl and whisk until its smooth, use electric beater for smooth icing.

-Cut the cake into two halves.

-Spread the icing on one half and sandwich it with the other one.

-Spread the icing on the top of the cake and on the sides.

-Decorate with some walnuts and refrigerate for 2 hours.



Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Banana Walnut Cake

Banana Walnut Cake is a very easy dry cake to serve with tea or coffee………

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen


  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ½  cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups coarsely mashed very ripe bananas (3 large)
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups walnuts, toasted and chopped


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 dollops of cream cheese
  • 1 tbspn sour cream
  • Some walnuts


-Preheat oven to 350F/175°C. Butter 1 (9- by 5- by 3-inch) metal loaf pan, then dust with flour, knocking out excess.

-Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a bowl.

-Beat together eggs and sugar in bowl of electric mixer at medium-high speed until very thick and pale and mixture forms a ribbon when beater is lifted, about 10 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add oil in a slow stream, mixing, then mix in bananas, yogurt, and vanilla. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in flour mixture and walnuts gently but thoroughly.

-Pour the batter into the 19 cm round greased spring form pan, spreading evenly, and bake in middle of oven until golden brown and a wooden pick or skewer comes out clean, 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

-Cool for 10 minutes, then open the spring form.

-Mix in cream cheese, sour cream and icing sugar together. Mash and mix.

-Now with a piping bag decorate this cream on the cake and garnish with chopped walnuts.