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This is a Middle Eastern dessert that is a combination of sweetened cheese and served with a custard called ashta. It can be made in advance and chilled. It can be served in a roll stuffed with ashta as in the video or it can be served cut up into small squares an a dollup of ashta on top. Ingredients 3 cups sliced fresh mozzarella soaked in water 1/2 cup semolina 1/2 cup farina 1/2 stick of sweet cream butter 2 cups sugar 1 cup water 1 tbs rose water 1 tbs orange blossom water 1 tbs lemon juice 1/4 cup ground pistachios 2 cups ashta pudding (see atayef recipe) 1 cup simple syrup Directions In a large pot, on medium heat, combine water and sugar and stir until dissolved. Add lemon juice, rose water and orange blossom water and let boil until thick like a syrup. In a saucepan melt butter on medium heat and then add farina and semolina and cook for 2 minutes, then add to syrup and pot and let cook for 2 minutes. Next add the mozzarella to the pot and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until cheese is melted and well combined with the farina/syrup mix, about 3-5 minutes. Immediately pour cheese onto a flat surface or baking sheet that is coated with simple syrup, thin the cheese out with a spoon or with a marble rolling pin until it is 1/8 inch thick and then let cool completely. Cut cheese into 3 or 4 inch squares, fill with custard and roll up, place on a plate and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, top with ground pistachio and simple syrup.

Halawet el Jibn Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups sliced fresh mozzarella soaked in water
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1/2 cup farina
  • 1/2 stick of sweet cream butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs rose water
  • 1 tbs orange blossom water
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup ground pistachios
  • 2 cups ashta pudding (see atayef recipe)
  • 1 cup simple syrup

Directions

In a large pot, on medium heat, combine water and sugar and stir until dissolved. Add lemon juice, rose water and orange blossom water and let boil until thick like a syrup. In a saucepan melt butter on medium heat and then add farina and semolina and cook for 2 minutes, then add to syrup and pot and let cook for 2 minutes. Next add the mozzarella to the pot and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until cheese is melted and well combined with the farina/syrup mix, about 3-5 minutes. Immediately pour cheese onto a flat surface or baking sheet that is coated with simple syrup, thin the cheese out with a spoon or with a marble rolling pin until it is 1/8 inch thick and then let cool completely. Cut cheese into 3 or 4 inch squares, fill with custard and roll up, place on a plate and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, top with ground pistachio and simple syrup.
Halawet el Jibn Recipe
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups sliced fresh mozzarella soaked in water
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1/2 cup farina
  • 1/2 stick of sweet cream butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs rose water
  • 1 tbs orange blossom water
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup ground pistachios
  • 2 cups ashta pudding (see atayef recipe)
  • 1 cup simple syrup

Directions

In a large pot, on medium heat, combine water and sugar and stir until dissolved. Add lemon juice, rose water and orange blossom water and let boil until thick like a syrup. In a saucepan melt butter on medium heat and then add farina and semolina and cook for 2 minutes, then add to syrup and pot and let cook for 2 minutes. Next add the mozzarella to the pot and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until cheese is melted and well combined with the farina/syrup mix, about 3-5 minutes. Immediately pour cheese onto a flat surface or baking sheet that is coated with simple syrup, thin the cheese out with a spoon or with a marble rolling pin until it is 1/8 inch thick and then let cool completely. Cut cheese into 3 or 4 inch squares, fill with custard and roll up, place on a plate and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, top with ground pistachio and simple syrup.


This is a Middle Eastern dessert that is a combination of sweetened cheese and served with a custard called ashta. It can be made in advance and chilled. It can be served in a roll stuffed with ashta as in the video or it can be served cut up into small squares an a dollup of ashta on top.