Lebanese Nights Semolina Pudding 

Sweet, creamy and delicious, Lebanese nights is a traditional dessert that is so refreshing and easy to make. It consists of semolina pudding flavoured with rose water and topped with whipped cream and pistachios. This dish is super indulgent and is made for special occasions and family gatherings. Let’s dig in:) 

 

  
  
Ingredients: 

Pudding 

  • 1/2 cup semolina 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 2 tsp rose water 
  • 2 tsp orange blossom water 
  • 3 cups milk

Topping 

  • Whipped cream or Nestle cream.
  • Pistachios 

Sugar Syrup ( attar) 

  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 1 cup water 
  • Juice of half a lemon 
  • 1 Tbsp of rose water 
  • 1 Tbsp of Orange blossom water 
  • A pinch of ground cardamom 

How to: 

Make the sugar syrup ( attar ) ahead of time. Bring the water and sugar to a boil and continue boiling for about 3-4 minutes. Add the rose water, orange blossom water as well as the ground cardamom and set aside to cool. 

As for the pudding, add the milk to a medium sauce pan and warm it up on medium heat. Dissolve the corn starch in 1/4 cup water. Next, add the semolina and sugar and stir for a couple more minutes. Add the beaten egg as well as the corn starch and continue stirring for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add in rose water and orange blossom water. Pour your mixture in a deep dish or small dishes and let it cool down to room temperature. I chose to serve it in mason jars as I had to attend a friend’s gathering and wanted to do something fun and different. Add the cream and ground pistachios. Lastly, serve with the sugar syrup. 

Enjoy! 

Shahad xo 

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Apricot Jam Biscuits 

Truly scrumptious and easy to make, this apricot jam biscuits recipe is the BEST! Served with your favourite tea and enjoyed with family and friends, these biscuits will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. 

   

   Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 11/4 cups canola oil 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 
  • Apricot jam for filling – about 2 cups 

How to: 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  • In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the canola oil and sugar together until they are well combined and then add the vanilla.
  • Add the eggs and sifted flour slowly and continue mixing 
  • When finished, place half of the dough on a greased cookie sheet
  • Press your dough onto the cookie sheet
  • Add the apricot jam and then shred the rest of the dough on top of the jam.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.
  • Cool, cut into squares and serve. 

Tip: broil your cookies for about 3 minutes but keep an eye to avoid burning. 

 Shahad xo