Halawet il jiben … حلاوة الجبن


For Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp orange blossom water

For filling:

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 tsp orange blossom water 

For dough:

500 g grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup fine semolina
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

For garnish:

  • Ground pistachios and rose petal jam

To make simple syrup: 

  1. In a sauce pan Place the water, sugar, and lemon juice over a medium low heat, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Let boil for 5 minutes
• Turn off the heat and stir in the orange blossom water.
• Let cool to room temperature.
Generously coat a big piece of parchement paper with simple syrup.
  4. In a nonstick sauce pan heat water and sugar until boil
  5.  Stir in the mozzarella cheese until melted
  6. Immediately add semolina and orange blossom water to the pan
 And keep stirring quickly (to prevent the cheese from burning) until a smooth and elastic dough is formed.
  7.  Take the pan off the heat and turn the dough onto the parchement paper
  8. Using a rolling pin coated with syrup, roll out the dough to cover the whole baking sheet.
  9. In a bowl whip ricotta cheese with the 1 tsp of orange blossom water
  10. Place 3 tablespoons of cheese filling on the long side of the dough. Slightly fold the long sides towards the center, then roll the cheese dough over the ricotta cheese to form a tube and place seam side down. 
  11. Cut the dough into small rectangles (as in picture).
  12. To serve, sprinkle each piece with ground pistachios, rose petal jam, and a drizzle of syrup.                                                                   



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