Mohalabiah – A week with Amani

Barcelona, Spain

Hello Ladies !

Are you ready for the second recipe of « a week with Amani »? yay! 🙂

This time, I am sharing the recipe of a dessert I was craving when in Amman: Mohalabiah. What I really like about this dessert is that while you can enjoy it the traditional way (with sugar syrup and pistachios), there are so many different ways of changing it (by only changing the toppings) that it can become a whole new experience for your palate, and you can adapt it to seasons! Yummy…

Emi, I am not sure this one is good for you unfortunately as it is based on milk. I have never tried it with Almond milk though; I think it could work…?

Maybe we can give it a try at Xmas.



Dessert Base

1 Liter of Milk
5 Tablespoons “Maizena” or Corn Flour
1 Tablespoon orange-flower water

Sugar Syrup (can be replaced with delicious honey)

1.5 cup Sugar
3 cups water
1 tablespoon lemon juice


Crushed unsalted Pistachios
Any other ingredient that you like!

Put the milk in a saucepan over low heat until the milk is warm but not boiling.

In a bowl, put the Maizena with a little milk (1 tablespoon or a bit more) until you get some sort of thick and sticky liquid (I am sorry I cannot find other words to describe the texture it should look like).

Then add the orange-flower water and the sticky liquid you just mixed Maizena to the milk, while always stirring.

Stir until it boils. The mix has to become “heavier”, it will eventually look like béchamel sauce. Once you get the wanted result, put it in a serving plate and let it cool down.

Then, in the fridge for 2, 3 hours, or even better: overnight.

Sugar Syrup

Put the sugar and the water in a pan. Stir until it boils and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice at the end. Let it cool before serving.

Finnish the dessert by covering the top of the milk with the crushed pistachios and the honey (or sugar syrup). To be served cold (with Mint tea if you wish!)

The nice thing about this dessert is that you can change it very easily by what you are going to add on top.

For this recipe, I went “traditional” (as you will see in the pictures).

But note that you can change it completely: for instance, if you use grated coconut and strawberries and coulis de fruits rouges, it’s a whole new dessert!

You can also try with pineapple, peaches and nuts, or just simply with honey and nuts “à la grecque”… whatever you like!

Let me know if you try it! I am definitely baking this for Thomas soon.

Miss you all so much,

I can’t wait to see you at Christmas to try all kinds of new recipes

Kisses from freezing Barcelona,

A very pregnant Hanin


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5 thoughts on “Mohalabiah – A week with Amani

  1. Emily November 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm Reply

    I think I can use goat milk here without destroying the recipe. It sounds absolutely delicious!

  2. Jan November 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm Reply

    Oh yum! Yes we will have this when you are here. With all the desserts and things we want to try over the holidays plus all the traditional goodies I think I will have to plan on having all the doors in the house widened!!!

  3. Beth November 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm Reply

    You had me at “syrup”!

    I do have a small question though. What can I use to replace the orange-flower water? I really dislike the taste 😦

  4. Hanin November 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm Reply

    Hello Ladies!
    Jan: I think you should start having the doors widened. your DIL is + 10 kg … aie aie aie. I am on a “diet” where I only eat healthy food (so no dessert for me :() and smaller quantities. All I think about is chocolate and ice cream. heheh 🙂

    As for you Bethie, I guess you could replace it with vanilla extract? what do you think?
    It is funny, I used to hate orange-flower water but it kind of grew on me, I don’t know how.
    A tip: if you ever have stomach ache, one orange-flower water shot will work wonders.

    Kisses to all 🙂

  5. Jan January 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm Reply

    Beautiful picture!

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