Maryam’s Kitchen: Soft Home-made Pretzels

Assalamualaikum my lovely readers 😊😊😊

So today I will be sharing a recipe I used to make soft homemade pretzels. As you all know, I am still an absolute beginner, so rest assured that all the recipes I shared are the ones that I found most simple to make. If you have never baked anything in your life, I suggest you to start off with plain bread, then slowly try more advanced recipes.


2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast

7/8 to 1 cup warm water


1 cup boiling water

2 tablespoons baking soda

Coarse salt, optional

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Parmesan cheese, optinal

1. Mix the sugar and salt with the warm water and sprinkle the yeast on top of the mixture. Wait for five minutes for the yeast to activate.

2. Mix all the dry ingredients for the dough in one bowl.

3. When the yeast mixture has started to foam, combine the yeast mixture with the dry ingredients and knead well by hand, or by machine for about 6 to 7 minutes.

4. Oil a bowl with some vegetable oil and place the dough into the bowl. Pat some vegetable oil on the surface of the dough as well to avoid drying and cracking. Cover with plastic foil and let dough rise for about 30 minutes.

5. When the dough has doubled in size, divide into 8 equal portions. Roll each piece of dough into a long, thin rope and twost each rope into a pretzel.

6. Boil the water and add the baking soda, stirring until the soda is dissolved. Cool the mixture to luke warm.

7. Place the pretzel pieces into the baking soda solution, and spoon the water over their tops for about 2 minutes. This baking soda bath will give the pretzels a nice golden brown texture.

8. Preheat the oven to about 230 degrees Celcius or 475 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying it with vegetable oil spray, or butter.

9. Spread some butter and salt on top of the pretzel, or with some parmesan cheese, bake in the oven for 8 to 9 minutes, or unjtil they turn golden brown.

10. Eat!!
This recipe is really easy and fun to make, even with children. I have simplified it a little bit but the original recipe is from and I recommend you to watch Laura Vitale’s pretzel video on youtube to gain a better insight on how to make pretzels.

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Maryam’s Kitchen: Cinnamon Rolls

Maryam’s Kitchen: Cinnamon Rolls

Assalamualaikum and hey guys!

Welcome back to Maryam’s kitchen hehe the no.1 source of recipes for absolute beginners and amateurs in cooking and baking!! (Stats by yours truly).

Anyways, to cut the intro short, I would just like to comment that this recipe is very very simple and easy to make- if you know how to bake bread than this will be as easy as ABC for you. Moreover, the ingredients are pretty simple and easy to find anywhere at your local bakery stores.

Special thanks to Ms.Laura Vitale from Laura in the Kitchen for this simplified and foolproof recipe. These rolls are certainly perfect for tea, dessert and just plain snacking. You can get up to 16 rolls for one portion thus, it is perfect for dinner parties or big events. Without further ado, I present to you, Laura Vitale’s Cinnamon Rolls!


Makes 14 to 16 Rolls

Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 30 mins

1 Package of Dry Yeast
¾ cup of Whole Milk
¼ cup of Granulated Sugar
¼ cup of Water, warmed up to 115 degrees
¼ tsp of Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
1 tsp of Salt
¼ cup of Unsalted Butter, melted
4 cups of All Purpose Flour
¼ cup of Melted Butter, to brush over the top before baking

For the Filling,

1/3 cup of Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
¾ cup of Brown Sugar
¼ cup of Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp of Ground Cinnamon

For the Glaze,

¼ cup of Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1 Tbsp of Butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups of Powdered Sugar
½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
3 to 4 Tbsp of Warm Milk


1) In a small bowl, combine the warm water and 1 tsp of the granulated sugar, sprinkle the yeast over the top and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

2) In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix the egg, milk, salt, sugar and melted butter. Add 2 cups of the flour and the water, vanilla and yeast mixture, mix until its all incorporated and slowly add about 2 more cups of flour. Turn the speed up to medium and let it mix for about 5 to 7 minutes or until you have a smooth dough.

3) Oil a large bowl with some vegetable oil and set aside. Take the dough out of the mixer and pull it together with your hands to form a ball. Place it in the oiled bowl and oil the top of the dough with a little vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot to rise for about 2 hours.

4) In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon for the filling, set aside.

5) When doubled in size, punch the dough down and roll it out onto a floured surface into a 15×9” rectangle. Spread the soft butter over the top and sprinkle evenly over the sugar and cinnamon mixture.Staring from one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough into a jelly roll form. Cut into 14 to 16 slices (make sure they are even) and place them cut side down in a well buttered 9×13 baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let put them back into a warm spot to rise for another 1 ½ hours.

6) Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

7) Once risen, brush them with some melted butter and bake them for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

8) While the cinnamon rolls cool for a few minutes make the glaze. Mix all the ingredients for the glaze in a bowl except for the milk, once the cream cheese is all mixed, slowly add the milk until you get a runny glaze consistency. Immediately pour the glaze over the cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

Post By: Laura Vitale

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Maryam’s Kitchen: Easy Peasy Cheesekut

Maryam’s Kitchen: Easy Peasy Cheesekut

Assalamualaikum and welcome back to Maryam’s Kitchen!! (Ceh poyo 😋)

As we all know, I am an absolute beginner in anything kitchen-related. So, I am here to share simple and easy recipes that even kindergarteners  can do!! (Totally not exaggerating here).

Today’s recipe is….. Cheesekut!!

For anyone that do not know, a cheesekut is a cake that is mainly made up of cheese and biscuits. It does not require any baking, nor any usage of the stove, thus it is very very simple and quick.

All you need is: 

250g of cream cheese

1/2 a can of condensed milk

Hup Seng biscuits

Full cream/Fresh milk


1. Measure 250g of cream cheese and whisk using a whisk or a cake mixer.

2. Add the condensed milk and mix thoroughly.

3. Immerse the crackers in milk. Do not wait until it is soggy! Just ensure the whole cracker is covered with milk.

4. Arrange the crackers neatly and with every layer, spread the cream cheese. You can repeat this as much as you like.

5. At the top layer, spread more cream cheese than the layers below, then, cover with the nestum powder evenly.


Put it in the fridge and wait overnight.

Enjoy! 🍰🍰

Ps. I made this for my dad because I suck at baking but tomorrow’s his birthday.

Maryam’s Kitchen: Fresh Homemade Bread Rolls

At 18 years old and fresh out of boarding school, I admit that I have absolutely zero experience in cooking or baking. Therefore, this is my first attempt at baking bread rolls. The last time I tried baking was around 6 months ago. I tried to make  Red Velvet cupcakes (how ambitious of me, lol) but it turned out sooo bad… Let’s just say I misread the measurements of cocoa powder and added a little too much cocoa than I should have. It was horrible, almost inedible. My mum ate half a cupcake to not make me feel bad, but the rest was not even eaten.. It was left in the fridge for so long until it was no longer edible. I was so embarrassed I almost gave up baking altogether.

Then again, no one is instantly successful. It just takes patience, hard work and determination to keep on trying until you’re really good at it. So, today I attempted to bake homemade bread rolls. It was a very simple recipe, although it took me about 2 hours and a half to make it. Fortunately, it turned out very well, crisp on the outside and beautifully fluffy in the inside! The bad news was, I was so not confident with myself that I just baked a batch of bread rolls which consists of a total of 6 rolls. There are 6 of us at home, so everyone just got one each! It’s okay though, now I know how to make it, it will be real simple to make more in the future. I might even experiment with making different types of bread rolls. As an absolute beginner in baking, I proudly say that today was a success, and a beginning to more successes in the future, I hope!

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The recipe was really easy and good, I definitely recommend everyone to go and try it, especially absolute beginners like me 🙂

Just click here for the recipe or watch the video below!