Halawat el jibn- Ramadan Specials #8

Halawat el jibn - Ramadan Special #8 - Savory&SweetFood

Halawat el jibn! Ooooh i soooo love this dessert. I can easily say that this is my most favorite dessert in world, like, seriously!! I had been searching for the recipe of this Arabic sweet for a long long time, and just last week my darling sister shared the link for this recipe. I was soo excited and happy, that i couldn’t wait to make this at home. I made it the very next day and it turned out SOOOO good. My husband luvd it too. 

Halawat el jibn

Halawat-el-jibn

Halawat el jibn is a staple in my home, back in Dubai during Ramadan. There is an Arabic sweet shop named Damascus beneath my building In Dubai, its still there. They have such amazing knafe, kataif, baklava, halawat el jibn and many many other sweets. So we all had to get something from there for iftar. Without their sweets our iftar table would seem incomplete. 

Halawat-el-jibn

Halawat-el-jibn
Halawat-el-jibn

After i moved here in kuwait, one thing i used to crave the most is Damascus style halawat el jibn. Thankfully, i was fully satisfied with this recipe. It is almost 80% close to the original one. 

Halawat-el-jibn
Halawat-el-jibn

Ok, now most of you might be wondering what is this dessert. Halawet el jibn means ‘sweetness of cheese’. Just as the name implies, it is a dessert based on cheese. A dough is made of cheese, typically akawi and semolina. The cheese dough is rolled out and filled with a thick cream. It is then rolled like a cigar, cut into small pieces, drizzled with a fragrant simple syrup and chopped pistachio. But i have used mozzarella cheese instead of the akkawi, as it is easily available everywhere. 

Halawat-el-jibn
  

These rolls literally dissolves in the mouth with a sweet, creamy and delicate smoothness. You guys should make Halawat el jibn, I’m sure you all will love it. 

Recipe courtesy: My little Kitchen

Makes 50

 Ingredients: Halawat el jibn

  • 1 cup semolina flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups grated cold mozzarella cheese
  • 600 gms mascarpone cheese
  • Pistachios for garnish
  • Simple syrup

For the syrup:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp orange blossom water
  • 1 tsp rose water 
Halawat-el-jibn
Halawat-el-jibn

  
NOTES:

✔️ These rolls are traditionally filled with ashta or clotted cream. 

✔️ If you can’t  get mascorpone cheese, replace it with frimly whipped whipping cream. The cream should be really firm or else the rolls won’t hold it’s shape. But mascarpone tastes best. 

✔️ While making the simple syrup, do not simmer it for long time otherwise it will thicken up and won’t be pourable. 

✔️ Make sure to use the fine variety of semolina flour. If you don’t get it, just grind the semolina till you get powder form. 

✔️ Orange blossom water is not the same as orange essence. 

Method: Halawat el jibn

To make the sugar syrup:

  1. In a saucepan, combine together the sugar, water and lemon juice. Heat over medium heat till sugar dissolved. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. 
  2. Stir in orange blossom and rose water. Set aside to cool. 

To make the sweet cheese rolls:

  1.   In a saucepan heat together the sugar, water and milk till sugar dissolves. Bring it to a boil. 
  2. Add in the mozzarella cheese and keep stirring it. It will start to melt quite fast. Keep breaking it and mixing with the liquid. 
  3. Once it is quite smooth add in the semolina flour. 
  4. Once semolina is added it will quickly start to come together. Stir it for about 30 seconds till it starts forming a soft lump and separates from the pan.   
  5. Transfer the dough to a surface drizzled with prepared warm sugar syrup. Sugar syrup will not let the dough stick to the counter. Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Take one half of the dough to work with and cover the other half of the dough. 
  6. Roll it out quite thin into a 9X13 inch rectangle with a rolling pin. Drizzle sugar syrup over the dough too to smoothen it out. Cut the uneven edges of the dough into a straight line. 
  7. Fill piping bag with mascarpone and cut about 2 cm off the edge. 
  8. Pipe onto the dough on the long side facing you leaving an inch border.   
  9. Roll the dough over the cheese until the mascarpone is covered completely. Using a sharp knife, cut it off the rest of the dough. Now you will have a thin log. Again with a sharp knife cut out 4cm pieces from this log. 
  10. Repeat the same process with the rest of the dough. 
  11. Place in a serving plate and drizzle with pistachios. 
  12. Pour simple syrup before serving. 

 

Halawet el Jibn
Yields 50
This it is a dessert based on cheese. A dough is made of mozzarella cheese and semolina. The cheese dough is rolled out and filled with a thick cream. It is then rolled like a cigar, cut into small pieces, drizzled with a fragrant simple syrup and chopped pistachio.
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INGREDIENTS
  1. 1 cup semolina flour
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 3/4 cup water
  4. 1/2 cup milk
  5. 2 cups grated cold mozzarella cheese
  6. 600 gms mascarpone cheese
  7. Pistachios for garnish
  8. Simple syrup
For the syrup
  1. 2 cups granulated sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  4. 3/4 tsp orange blossom water
  5. 1 tsp rose water
DIRECTIONS
To make the sugar syrup
  1. In a saucepan, combine together the sugar, water and lemon juice. Heat over medium heat till sugar dissolved. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in orange blossom and rose water. Set aside to cool.
To make the sweet cheese rolls
  1. In a saucepan heat together the sugar, water and milk till sugar dissolves. Bring it to a boil.
  2. Add in the mozzarella cheese and keep stirring it. It will start to melt quite fast. Keep breaking it and mixing with the liquid.
  3. Once it is quite smooth add in the semolina flour.
  4. Once semolina is added it will quickly start to come together. Stir it for about 30 seconds till it starts forming a soft lump and separates from the pan.
  5. Transfer the dough to a surface drizzled with prepared warm sugar syrup. Sugar syrup will not let the dough stick to the counter. Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Take one half of the dough to work with and cover the other half of the dough.
  6. Roll it out quite thin into a 9X13 inch rectangle with a rolling pin. Drizzle sugar syrup over the dough too to smoothen it out. Cut the uneven edges of the dough into a straight line.
  7. Fill piping bag with mascarpone and cut about 2 cm off the edge.
  8. Pipe onto the dough on the long side facing you leaving an inch border.
  9. Roll the dough over the cheese until the mascarpone is covered completely. Using a sharp knife, cut it off the rest of the dough. Now you will have a thin log. Again with a sharp knife cut out 4cm pieces from this log.
  10. Repeat the same process with the rest of the dough.
  11. Place in a serving plate and drizzle with pistachios.
  12. Pour simple syrup before serving.
NOTES
  1. * These rolls are traditionally filled with ashta or clotted cream.
  2. * If you can’t get mascorpone cheese, replace it with firmly whipped whipping cream. The cream should be really firm or else the rolls won’t hold it’s shape. But mascarpone tastes best.
  3. * While making the simple syrup, do not simmer it for long time otherwise it will thicken up and won’t be pourable.
  4. * Make sure to use the fine variety of semolina flour. If you don’t get it, just grind the semolina till you get powder form.
  5. * Orange blossom water is not the same as orange essence.
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Halawat-el-jibn
Halawat-el-jibn

  
 

14 thoughts on “Halawat el jibn- Ramadan Specials #8

    1. Thank you dear! According to me, Damascus bakery serves the best and perfect halawat el jibn. I tried from many other bakeries but none of them reaches their standards. 🙂

  1. This is one of my favourite and my mum’s favourite Syrian desserts. 🙂 yours looks amazing, and now that I know about Damascus in Dubai I’m definitely going to make it a thing to go there during my summer holidays! Yum! 🙂

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