Achtalyeh, Lebanese cream pudding, is one of the most famous homemade dessert. Achta (arabic word) means cream, though its recipe doesn’t call for cream but i assure you it’s so creamy as in texture.
It might look a very simple dessert with ordinary ingredients, but when adding orange blossom water and mastic, the whole thing is taken to another level.
Heavenly texture, flavors and aromas in less than 10 minutes and with only 5 ingredients:
- 1 L milk
- 5 tbsp cornflour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- mastic, 3 pebbles grounded
- 2 tbsp orange blossom water
Mix the milk, corn flour and sugar together and place over medium heat and keep stirring until the mixture becomes viscous then add the orange blossom and mastic. Whisk for a minute and take off the heat.
Pour in cups and let it cool to room temperature before putting in the fridge for at least 5 hours, or better for overnight.
Usually it’s served with sugar syrup if you fancy a really sweet dessert. To prepare this syrup you need:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp orange blossom
Combine water, sugar and lemon juice. Place over medium heat to allow the sugar to melt, keep stirring until it starts to thicken. Add the orange blossom and remove from heat.
Sprinkle with crushed pistachio or almond and serve. Usually i prepare this dessert (without syrup) for my kids, they love it! You can skip adding mastic if you’re preparing it for your baby, it will still be so tasty. My 10 months old boy loves it, it’s a wholesome dessert for kids and also can replace the breakfast.
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