Mouhalabiyeh – Levantine Milk Pudding

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Dreamy mouhalabiyeh, a creamy and aromatic pudding flavored with orange blossom, rose, pistachios, and honey. This was one of my favorite desserts as a child and it always brings back festive memories. Such as many Levantine sweets native to Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey, this custard-like pudding is characterized by the combination of dairy and orange and rose extracts. The pistachios are another component to the recipe rather than simply a topping. And the final result is absolutely lush. I find that this is a great dessert to make ahead of a dinner party – and one sure to make an impression.

INGREDIENTS/ SERVES 4

4 cups milk
1/3 cup fresh cream (heavy whipping cream) or more milk
1/2 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon rose water
1 tablespoon orange blossom water
honey, for topping
pistachios, chopped, for topping

METHOD

Simmer 4 cups of milk and sugar in a…

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