>> Saturday, June 5, 2010
This is a relatively healthy dessert that I make throughout the year and also in Ramadan. I've tried many recipes and then visited a friend in Bahrain and tried her mother's recipe and it's the best there is.
SAMMAH'S LIYALI LIBNAN
6 cups cold whole fat milk
3/4 cups semolina (smeed)
3 tbsp sugar or honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp May Zaher (orange flower water)
5 pieces of mastika (Arabic gum but in the crystal form; broken down with a mortar and pestle or any other pounding device you have in your kitchen ;)
1.5 cups whipping cream
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cups shredded cocount
fresh fruit of your choice (I've topped it with bananas, strawberries, pineapple; basically whatever I have in my fridge)
- Pour the milk, gum, vanilla and may zaher into a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat, and slowly pour in the semolina in a steady stream, stirring continuously. Continue to stir and cook until the mixture thickens and boils for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Pour the mixture into a 9x13 inch serving dish, or individual dishes. Allow the pudding to cool slightly, then cover with plastic wrap directly on the top. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 5 hours or overnight.
- To serve, whip the whipping cream with sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread a thin layer of whipped cream over the pudding. Sprinkle with shredded coconut, chopped nuts and top each square with fruit. Cut into squares, and serve with honey poured around it.