Muhallabieh (Milk Pudding)

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Are you looking for an exotic and light (on the calories) dessert that takes very little time to prepare? A favorite of mine is called Muhallabieh. It is a rose water flavored milk pudding which is quickly thickened with cornstarch. This is a very traditional Lebanese dessert but you will find it all over the Middle East; particularly in Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Egypt.

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Rose water is the gathered evaporated water when rose petals are distilled, part of the process used to make rose essential oil. This edible floral water is not for everybody but I find if used in moderation you can get away with serving it to almost anyone. It can be substituted with orange blossom water.

Usually this pudding is topped with pistachios or pomegranate seeds but I did not have any nor had had I time to buy some. I did have sour cherries in the freezer though so I prepared a quick Sour Cherries Sauce topping for the Muhallabieh.

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Muhallabieh

Rating: 51

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

    For Muhallabieh
  • 6 tbsp cornstarch
  • 500ml full-fat milk
  • 200ml water
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • For Sour Cherries Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cup fresh or frozen pitted sour cherries

Directions

    For Muhallabieh
  1. Whisk the cornstarch with 1/2 cup of milk and set aside. Pour the remaining milk, water, flavored water and honey, and heat gently in a medium saucepan until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. When the milk begins to bubble on the edge of the saucepan, whisk in continuously the cornstarch mix until the pudding comes to a boil and thickens like thick custard. Remove from heat.
  3. For Sour Cherries Sauce
  4. Mix the sugar and cornstarch and water in a small saucepan. Add the sour cherries.
  5. Cook over a medium heat until in comes to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes more.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Assembly
  8. Pour into 6 individual bowls or wine glasses and top with sour cherries sauce. Let it cool in the fridge until set, about 3 hours.
http://www.cheapethniceatz.com/muhallabieh-milk-pudding/

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Guest
1 year 4 months ago

I’ve been curious about rose water for the longest time. I need to go find it. There are bunch of saved recipes using rose water. This sounds and looks delicious. Love milk dessert, so I am sure I’ll love this one!

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

This look great Evelyne, I like the rose water in the milk…and yes, the sour cherry topping not only add color but flavor as well…yum!
Great recipe my dear 😀

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

Light on calories? Sigh…

I literally have a bag of pastries in my room that I eat at the end of everyday to help make sure I’m eating enough calories. :(

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The Squishy Monster
1 year 4 months ago

Wow, this looks amazing!

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

My husband and I are HUGE pudding fans and so I love trying new ones. Love the idea of adding the rose water and the cherries on top are downright decadent! This is a keeper!

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

Yummy pudding! Lovely presentation :)

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

What a gorgeous dessert!!! Light and topped with fruit…sounds perfect! And I have a huge supply of rose water…

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

WOW! I have had this before at a middle eastern restaurant in Toronto… it was the best thing ever! It’s good to know I can make it at home now 😀

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

Wow. This looks fantastic! I’ve always been curious about rose water, I’m dying to try it though

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

G’day Evelyne! How different and unique! YUM!
Cheers! Joanne

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

Wow!
Love the flavors here. It must taste delicious!

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

I love everything with rose water in it, gives such a dreamy, distinctive taste, very interesting dessert! Have a lovely weekend 😉

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

Love love love rose water! I would add it to all my desserts if I could. This one is so beautiful and the contrasting sour cherries sauce is a great combination.

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

Is it same like milk custard? It sure looks very tasty topped with cherry sauce.
Have a great weekend, Evelyne!
Angie

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

Eggless custard. Doesn’t water water it down a bit?

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

I’m so making this!