Muhallabieh with candied lemon
January 16, 2013 • Category: Dessert
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 with lemon. Orange jelly on top (or apricot) is generally the rule.
If you are like me (I love things that make my mouth pucker a bit), you’ll love this version. Plus, the candied lemons are super easy to make and can be made several days before.
INGREDIENTS: This quantity will yield 4 servings
- 2 cups of milk
- 1/2 cup of whipping cream or half-and-half
- 1/4 cup of cornstarch (or rice flour- but it will take longer to thicken)
- 1/4 cup of sugar (or more, to taste)
- 1 teaspoon of orange blossom water and 1 tsp of rose water
- Measure the cornstarch and mix into 1/2 cup of the milk until smooth.
- Pour the milk (less the conrstarch mixture) and cream into a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the sugar, place on medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon.
- When the milk starts showing some steam, add the cornstarch mixture and stir continuously until the milk thickens.
- Add the flavoring and stir a few seconds longer.
- Pour into a bowl (through a strainer).
- Immediately, divide the mixture into 4 small cups. Cool at room temperature then refrigerate. Add the lemon jelly and candied lemons on top after letting it cool in the fridge for several hours.
To make the candied lemons and jelly layer:
- 2 large lemons, sliced very thin
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of sugar
Place the sliced lemons in a saucepan; sprinkle the sugar on each layer of sliced lemons until all sugar has been used up; add the water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer the mixture for 55 minutes, reduce the heat to low if it boils. The mixture will turn syrupy. Turn off the heat and let it cool. Keep in the fridge until needed.
16 Comments • Comments Feed
On January 16, 2013 at 2:12 am
What a lovely variation on mhallabiya – love it with orange, apricot and mango but have never had it with candied lemon! Beautiful.
On January 16, 2013 at 4:13 am
Belinda @zomppa says:
Those are some happy faces! I like this…simple but flavorful. I am so about the lemon!
On January 16, 2013 at 5:19 am
Banana Wonder says:
Looks incredible! Also, those windows are phenomenal! Who’s house is that?
On January 16, 2013 at 6:55 am
@Banana Wonder: the host is Kamal Mouzawak whose pictured savoring the muhallabieh!
On January 16, 2013 at 7:22 am
Joy @My Turkish Joys says:
This looks absolutely delicious and easy! Saving this for a rainy day…soon I hope. I always have some candied lemon zest in my fridge.
On January 16, 2013 at 7:32 am
What a nice combination..orange blossom and rose water and a layer of candied lemon.
I can see why everyone is enjoying the dessert.
Have a great week Jourmana!
On January 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm
lovely pics and recipe….. and what a stunning apartment..!
On January 16, 2013 at 5:44 pm
I love the photo of your friends savoring this delight! This is what wonderful food is all about – sharing with friends and family 🙂
On January 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Eric Burkett says:
I made it today for a dinner party I was cooking for and it was quite the hit. The only change I made to the recipe was to replace some of the water with the juice of a particularly large, particularly juicy Meyer lemon. Simple, elegant, and quite delicious. Nice recipe, Joumana. This one’s going into my personal recipes.
On January 16, 2013 at 11:29 pm
Nuts about food says:
Mmmmmh… this reminds me of a Brazilian dessert I just recently: sweet creaminess paired with the sourness of fruit… sounds delicious
On January 17, 2013 at 3:14 am
Cute and very attractive dessert,love to grab and have it rite now.
On January 17, 2013 at 3:57 am
Quel adorable petite douceur sucrée au look plein de charme. Bisous et douce soirée en ce jeudi
On January 17, 2013 at 11:37 am
Needful Things says:
I quite like the idea of a mouth-puckering twist on muhallabieh! By the way I made your chickpea soup yesterday and I love it – I didn’t have seville oranges so I used the regular kind. It was so good & so comforting.
On January 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm
@Needful Things: So glad to hear you liked it!
On January 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm
Lubna Karim says:
That’s an super simple recipe….looks so yummy…..
On January 17, 2013 at 9:37 pm