I present to you the first ever guest post on my humble blog. This is new and I intend to make guest posts part of kukskitchen. The inauguratory post is contributed by my dear friend, Rafeeda, whom I found through this blogopshere. She hosts a beautiful blog called 'The Big Sweet Tooth'. As I always say,she is one enthusiastic blogger and a loving person at heart. Her kindness oozes out in her words. I am a big fan of her photography and I seek to improve upon my humble blog. Previously, she had me as a guest on her blog through a yummy asian recipe.
Thank you so much for gracing my blog with your presence.
A little introduction to myself – my name is Rafeeda and I blog at “The Big Sweet Tooth”. Just like my blog name, I have an uncontrollable and inconsolable sweet tooth, which I fight day in and day out to keep under control, and my burgeoning weight is not helping me either. As already mentioned, I am a working mother with two lovely daughters and cooking to me is a stress buster once I come back from the grind. I enjoy every aspect of blogging and hope to continue as much as I can! J
I had already clicked for Sherin before I had left for vacation, so I was clear as to what to provide for her. Staying in a multicultural country like UAE helps you to get to know many cuisines, if you are really adventurous! Lebanese food is very commonly available; especially you can find shawermas and falafels in every nook and corner of the street. Any person who comes to stay in the UAE first gets accustomed to the “khubz”, which is flat leavened bread, available in every small grocery in the country. Having said that, I love good Lebanese food and whenever we go out, we always relish it quite well. Their desserts are quite delicious as well. The flavors of orange blossom water and sometimes rose water is just so powering, that many may not take a liking of it as such. But I love the smell and flavor that both give and therefore that explains why I love this absolutely simple dessert that I am bringing along today.
Layali Lubnan, if literally translated means “the nights of Lebanon”. It is a simple dessert made with milk and semolina (rava), flavored by orange blossom water and served with a generous whipped cream topping. Normally, mastic is added to the recipe for its original flavor, however I did not use it. This dessert is so easy that it can be whipped in very little time and allowed to set while you prepare the rest of the meal. The best part of this recipe is that you can adjust the semolina quantity as per your liking – add less for a wobbly pudding and more to be able to cut it like squares! Sharing with you just the way we like it… J
Layali Lubnan – Lebanese Semolina Pudding
500 ml milk
1/4 cup semolina (rava)
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp orange blossom water
1 tbsp rose water
Whipping cream for topping
Honey for drizzling
Pistachios and dried apricots for garnish
Combine the milk, semolina, sugar and egg in a saucepan and mix well till the egg and sugar is totally dissolved. Cook on low pan stirring in between till the mixture boils and thickens. Switch off the heat and add the orange blossom water and rose water. Mix it well.
Pour into four glasses or bowls. Allow to cool and set in the refrigerator.
Just before serving, top with whipping cream. Drizzle honey generously on top. Sprinkle in chopped pistachios and apricot. Serve!
1. You can make this eggless by avoiding the egg. Increase the semolina to 1/3 cup if doing so.
2. The amount for the flavoring waters was quite powering, but we loved it. Reduce it to half tbsp for milder flavors. You can use either one of them too.
3. Authentic recipes show the use of a little mastic into the recipe. Since I don't know much about it, I wouldn't comment! :)
4. Originally, a thick sugar syrup is prepared and drizzled over the pudding before serving. Instead of the sugar syrup, I used honey which is healthier alternative. Otherwise, the pudding is really mild in sweetness.
5. The whipped cream topping is a must, though the garnishes mentioned are optional. You can use any nuts and available seasonal fruits to top your pudding.
6. You can make this in one pan to scoop and serve as well!
I sincerely hope you like the post, Sherin. It was a pleasure working on it and wish you all the very best in your blogging journey…
Also check out - Banana muffin - Click on the picture for recipe.
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