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Semolina pudding

Are you the type who takes on more projects than you can handle? I was reminded of this unfortunate trait while cleaning-out my kitchen cupboard this week. Oh, right, this bag of …(plug in something), that’s when I was going to make …
This pudding was the answer to some leftover semolina flour. Normally, semolina […]

By |January 17th, 2016|Pudding|12 Comments
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Cream of wheat pudding (Ma’mouniyeh)

Here is a traditional (and ancient) Middle-Eastern pudding that can be prepared very easily with ingredients from any mainstream supermarket. It is named after the ninth century Caliph Ma’moun (revered by some and loathed by others). It is so simple to make, yet it is a celebratory dessert. It is also prepared for a special […]

By |July 20th, 2014|Sweets|16 Comments
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Orange and milk pudding (Balouza)

 Winter season offers one redeeming value:  The availability of citrus of all kinds. I could easily drink half a gallon of fresh orange juice every day.

This pudding is a tad fancier than the traditional muhallabieh that my grandmother used to make weekly with powdered milk. I used blood orange juice for the bottom […]

By |February 16th, 2014|Sweets|20 Comments
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Egg in chocolate cream

It  dawned on me that Easter is coming up when I saw rows of chocolate eggs all over the chocolate stores in Beirut;  figured I needed to come up with something quick.  My mother subscribes to a French weekly women’s magazine and leafing through it I found what I was looking for; their recipe […]

By |March 28th, 2013|Sweets|17 Comments
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Muhallabieh with candied lemon


I was reminded recently (after a glorious lunch at Kamal’s) how wonderful our homey muhallabieh can be. It is perfect in many ways; it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, it does not require many ingredients (milk, sugar, starch or rice flour, flavoring), it is very versatile. I had just never tried it […]

By |January 16th, 2013|Sweets|16 Comments
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Chocolate molten puddings



I was leafing through a Donna Hay magazine and saw: “Make & Freeze”, molten chocolate puddings. Now that’s a concept that really hits the spot! Do you ever find yourself wishing you could have something chocolat-y, and resorting to a mediocre candy bar as the only available option? 

The idea is to make these ahead […]

By |October 27th, 2012|Sweets|18 Comments
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Jello and fruit pudding



Remember these giant green jello concoctions that used to be called salads. Never understood how they could be called salads; anyway, these  are long gone (unless they can still be found at  cafeteria chains, haven’t checked).

I had a sudden urge for something easy and refreshing and figured, why not? What’s wrong with going the easy […]

By |August 10th, 2012|Sweets|7 Comments
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Wheat berry pudding (Ameh maslouk, hboubieh)


This could be considered the Levantine equivalent of oatmeal pudding, even though it is traditionally served on certain holidays such as New Year’s eve or St Barb or on the occasion of a baby’s first tooth. This version is flavored with orange blossom water only. Other versions include anise and cinnamon. 

It is of the […]

By |March 12th, 2012|Sweets|23 Comments
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Butternut and cream pudding (Halwa al-yakteen)



After Oum Ali, this is another great  dessert from Egypt and Eastern Libya.  A  version of this dessert is explained with step-by-step photos  in an excellent  site for anybody interested in Libyan food and traditions. Another version I found in Lebanese chef Marlene Mattar’s cookbook, Maedat Marlene.

This is a simple dessert: Cook the pumpkin […]

By |November 18th, 2011|Sweets|20 Comments
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Milk cream (Hariré)


This is a simple milk “cream” that is prepared over the stove in  5 minutes with milk, starch and flavoring. It is similar to the muhallabieh, except here rose water is used (and starch instead of rice flour). It was traditionally consumed for breakfast according to Fayez Aoun, author of 280 recettes de […]

By |November 12th, 2011|Sweets|20 Comments