Halawat el Jibn (Sweet Cheese Rolls)

Halawat el Jibn is a Middle Eastern dessert full of savory flavors. Made with the intent of sweeten up your life with its spongy soft texture, exquisite taste, and superb aroma.

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Fine semolina Sugar Water Orange blossom Fresh Mozzarella Whole ricotta milk Simple syrup Pistachios Simple Syrup Sugar Water Orange blossom water Lemon juice

Ingredients

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Prepare the simple syrup and make sure it cools ahead of time.

Lay large pieces of plastic wrap on a table or flat surface.

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Drizzle 3 tablespoons of simple syrup all over the plastic.

In a pot, add the water and sugar and stir on high heat until the sugar melts and starts bubbling.

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Flour Bowl

Shred the fresh mozzarella into small pieces.

Once the sugar and water mix is boiling, add the cheese and stir. Try to break up the clumps until the cheese is melted.

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Flour Bowl

Once it’s melted, add the fine semolina, and keep mixing.

Add the orange blossom and continuously mix, breaking up any cheese and semolina clumps to get smooth and consistent dough. 

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Flour Bowl

Mix the dough vigorously, stretching it upwards and then pulling it back down. 

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Repeat this process a few times, about 5 times, until your dough looks solid and is stretchy.

Mix and stretch the spoon upwards to make it more malleable. Once done, remove the pot from the stove.

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Add the dough mixture to the plastic wrap. Drizzle 1 more tablespoon of simple syrup on top of the dough.

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Fold half of the plastic wrap on top of the cheese dough and roll it out into a rectangle.

Cut off the uneven edges and add dollops of ricotta on a long edge of the dough.

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Roll twice like you would roll a cinnamon roll and cut again into a long log.

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Flour Bowl

Cut the log into a few smaller logs and add to a plate or tray and cover with plastic wrap. 

Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.

Once refrigerated, cut into smaller pieces when it’s serving time. Drizzle with a little bit of simple syrup and garnish with pistachios.

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