Halawet El Jibn

This Lebanese dessert made out of cheese dough, ashta cream and rose jam, has a unique savor. Try it!


  1. 250 g akkawi cheese, white
  2. 250 g white braided cheese
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. 1/2 cup semolina
  6. 1/2 cup ferkha flour
  7. 1/4 cup orange blossom water (mazahr)
  8. 1/4 cup rosewater
  9. 1 kg fresh cream, or kashta
  10. For syrup:
  11. 2 cups sugar
  12. 1 cup water
  13. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  14. 1 tablespoon orange blossom water
  15. 1 tablespoon rose water
  16. For Decoration:
  17. orange blossom
  18. pistachios ground


  1. To prepare the syrup, stir the sugar and water in a pot over heat.

  2. When it starts to boil, add lemon juice and leave until it thickens. Then add orange blossom water and rose water, remove syrup from heat and set aside to cool.

  3. Cut the akkawi cheese and braided cheese and soak them in water. It is preferable to change the water several times or leave them under running water for around two hours in order to remove the salt completely. Then strain the cheeses.

  4. In a pot over heat, mix the sugar, semolina and ferkha flour with water; stir well using a wooden spoon.

  5. Add the strained cheese pieces to the mixture and pour the orange blossom water and rose water over them. Stir until the cheese melts and the mixture becomes sticky dough.

  6. Brush 2 nylon sheets with water. Place one of them on a flat surface, spread the dough over it and cover it with the other nylon sheet. Then use a rolling pin to spread the dough so it becomes relatively thin.

  7. Remove the nylon sheets from both sides of the dough, and cut it into 10 x 8 cm strips. Place one strip vertically, put 1 tablespoon of cream on the bottom part and close the edges around it then roll the strip up. Repeat process for all the dough strips.

  8. Arrange the filled rolls in a serving dish and decorate with cream and pistachio. Serve with the syrup.

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Even though i lived and grew up in Lebanon, i really like Syrian food. This is the food i used to have at home since my mom is Syrian and she's a great cook. Many people think Syrian and Lebanese food are similar, they are not really. My mother cooks some traditional Syrian dishes that you only find in Syrian families. I got some of her recipes, and i really enjoy cooking them from time to time. It always get good reviews… My Moroccan sister-in-law has also taught me some of her recipes that I shared on shahiya; I think it is fun to exchange recipes with others and try new ones. Besides cooking I also enjoy eating :) and living in Beirut helps a lot in this! . Beirut restaurants are the best…. Favorite things to cook: Sayadieh and Lamb and Freeke

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