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Rice pudding with dried fruits

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This dessert is a very nice treat any time, satisfies the sweet tooth and has health elements at the same time.

Serves 6

Ingredients:

½ cup short grain rice

6 cups water (1500 ml)

400 g sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons blossom water

About a handful of dried fruits of your liking (put them in water when you begin making the pudding so they become a little more soft)

Dried pistachios, almonds, pecans/walnuts, pine nuts, cashews for garnish ( put them in cold water for an hour or two)

rice pudding with dried fruits

Method:

1) Put the rice and water in a pot, bring to boil and simmer on low heat with occasional stirring until rice is well cooked. Don’t worry if the water seems too much for the rice.

2) Add the milk to the rice mixture. Bring to boil and simmer over low heat with stirring from time to time until the mixture is thick and creamy. The mixture will thicken more when it cools.

3) Add what you wish and the blossom water, and stir. Remove from heat and pour the mixture in cups or a bowl.

4) Allow the rice pudding to cool a bit and then place in fridge to cool.

Sfouf

This is a very easy and well-known Arabic dessert. If baked well, it is light and fluffy.

Ingredients:

3 cups flour
3 cups semolina
2 ½ cup sugar
2 cups milk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground aniseed
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla or a pinch of vanilla sugar
Pine seeds or almonds for garnish
Tahina/Tahini (a thick paste made from ground sesame seeds) to grease pan (medium rectangular or square)

Method:

1) Grease bottom of pan with tahini/tahina.

2) In a bowl mix all the ingredients together to get a mixture medium in thickness.

3) Spread the mixture in the pan and smooth the top with a spoon wetted with water.

4) Garnish with pine seeds or almonds

5) Bake for about 30 minutes or until the golden brown on top in an 350F/gas mark4/180 C oven.

6) Remove from oven and leave to cool in pan then cut up into desired shape.

Taken from book: Anaheed’s Eastern sweets (translated from Arabic)

Cooked Ashta (cream)

In Arabic sweets usually the ashta (cream) used is store bought because it is easier than preparing it at home but none is available the following recipe is a good alternative. This can be used in any Arabic sweet that requires ashta.

Ingredients:

2 cups/500ml milk
½ cup/60g corn flour
170g thick cream
1 tablespoon orange blossom water

Method:

In a saucepan, combine the cream, milk and corn flour. Bring the mixture to a boil until the mixture thickens, constantly stir. Take off the heat and stir in orange blossom water and set it aside to cool.

Atayef bi ashta (pancakes with cream)

Orange Basbousa

Serves 10

Ingredients:

½ cup or 100g butter, melted
400g sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon anis seeds
½ teaspoon ground mahlab
1 teaspoon orange zest
5 tablespoons orange juice
200g semolina, normal (smeed)
200g fine semolina

Syrup:

2 cups or 400g sugar
11/2 cups or 375ml water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon rosewater

Method:

1) Combine butter, condensed milk, baking powder, anis seeds, mahlab, orange zest and orange juice and stir well. Add semolina and stir until well combined.

2) Grease a 28cm x 24cm baking tin, and then pour semolina mixture in the tin. Bake in a 190C preheated oven for 35 min or until it becomes golden in color (well, I opened the grill, the top part of the oven, a bit after baking was finished to get the color needed on the top).

3) Remove from oven and pour the cooled syrup all over (it will be absorbed).

Halewet Al-Riz (Rice sweet)

This is an Arab/Arabic sweet and another one with cheese. It is good and is a close cousin of halewet al jibin in taste.

Ingredients:

1.5 cup of Egyptian rice (or any big grained rice with starch)
2.5 cups of icing sugar
7.5 cups of water
750g of shredded mozzarella or unsalted Akawi cheese (it is a white cheese if you have a salted one put soak it in water for day to remove salt)
¼ cup rose water or a combination of rose and orange blossom water
A few pieces of mistakeh grounded with half teaspoon of sugar (not necessary)
Fresh kashta or thick cream for garnish
Ground pistachios for garnish

Method:

1) Cook the rice in the water until done then puree it with a blender.

2) Put the rice puree with the icing sugar in a sauce pan on heat and use a metal mixer to stir for 10 minutes.

3) Add the cheese and mix until combined and melted.

4) Remove from heat and add the rose/orange blossom water and mistakeh (if used); combine with mixture.

5) Put in dish/s and garnish.

Note: It can be eaten hot or cold. It was also good with sugar syrup (ater)

Translated and taken from Anaheed’s eastern sweets