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Muhalabia – milk and orange-blossom pudding

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Muhalabia is a classic and simple Middle Eastern pudding, similar to a blancmange in France or the Italian panna cotta. It is a very traditional dessert in Syria, and is often served in homes and restaurants. My grandmother used to make this for us often, especially when we were not feeling well, as she believed that it was soothing, and that the milk, sugar and orange blossom gave us a boost of energy. It certainly did, and it still makes me feel better and nostalgic when I have it today.

  • Serves Six

Ingredients


  • 1 litre of milk
  • 100g white sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 50g cornflour
  • 2 tbsp orange blossom
  • crushed pistachios

Cooking Instructions


  1. In a saucepot, bring the milk, sugar and salt to a boil.
  2. Adding a little milk to the cornflour, mix it into a smooth paste before adding it to the milk.
  3. Add the orange blossom next, whisk vigorously and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring constantly until the milk thickens and properly coats the back of the spoon.
  4. Pour the thickened milk into ramekins or serving glasses and place them in the fridge for at least 2 ½ hours to set.
  5. Top with crushed pistachios, a little orange zest and serve.

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