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Achtalyeh – cream pudding

achtalyeh -cream pudding|marmite et ponpon

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.

achtalyeh - cream pudding| marmite et ponpon

achtalyeh - cream pudding |marmite et ponpon

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.

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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.

achtalyeh - cream pudding | marmite et ponpon

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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Maakroun معكرون – St barbara traditional lebanese sweet

lebanese ma3krounDecember 4, Christians celebrate St Barbara. The great martyr Barbara, as known in the church was a christian saint and martyr. Barbara won particular fame for the horrifying fact that her death sentence by beheading was carried out by her own father, a wealthy pagan who had first isolated her in a tower and then denounced her to the Roman authorities when she became a Christian.

وُلدت القدّيسة بربارة في بعلبك. كان أبوها ديوسقورُس غنيٌّا ووثنيٌّا متعصّبًا. فأَحسن تربيتها بالعلوم والآداب. واستقدم لها أشهر المعلّمين ومن بينهم فالنتيانُس الذي أخذ يشرح لها أسرار الديانة المسيحيّة. شعر والدها بميلها إلى الإيمان المسيحيّ فسجنها في برجٍ حصين، وأقام من حولها تماثيل الأصنام لتعبدها. أمّا هي فظلّت تتلقّى التعاليم المسيحيّة من خلف الجدران على يد فالنتيانُس. وراحت تمارس الصلاة والصوم والتأمّل. ثمّ طلبت من خدّامها أن يحطّموا التماثيل الموضوعة في البرج. علم أبوها بالأمر فغضب وأوسعها شتمًا وضربًا وألقى بها في قبو مظلم. وفي اليوم التالي، استحضرها أمام الوالي مركيانُس علّها تخاف وتعود إلى عبادة الآلهة. فأمر بجلدها، فتمزّق جسدها وتفجّرت دماؤها وهي صابرة صامتة مسلّمة أمرها للّه. وفي الليل ظهر المسيح لها وشفى جراحها. وفي صباح اليوم التالي، استقدمها الوالي ورآها معافاة فقال لها: «إنّ الآلهة شفقت عليك وشفتك». فأجابته: «هو المسيح يسوع الذي شفاني، وهو سيّد الحياة والموت». فأمر بجلدها ثانية ثمّ بقطع رأسها فنالت إكليل الشهادة سنة 235

One of the Lebanese traditions on that day, is making sweets such as atayef (dough stuffed with cream or nuts), maakroun (flour and semolina fried cookies bathed in sugar syrup) , zlebyeh (fried dough with sugar or honey) and ameh (boiled wheat).

I will share with you the healthiest version of maakroun, baked.


To prepare maakroun you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup fine semolina (thin ferkha as known in lebanon)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp mahaleb (optional)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp anise

For the sugar syrup:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Usually i start by preparing the sugar syrup, because i need them to be at room temperature when i want to soak in the maakroun.

In a pan let the sugar melt in the water on a medium heat. Then add the lemon juice and bring down to low heat for 10 minutes until it thickens. Turn off the heat then add the orange blossom water. Put aside to become room temperature.

To prepare the maakroun, mix flour, semolina, sugar, baking powder mahaleb, anise and oil. Then add the water slowly and knead the dough to the desired consistency and let it rest for half an hour.

There is another way also, my mum’s, she boils the water and anise and let it cool. She mix all dry ingredients and she knead the dough with the anise water.

how to do maakrounDivide the dough in small to medium balls (depending how big you like it to be), roll each ball on a grater to get the texture above in the picture. Some people like to deep fry it in oil but for a lighter and healthier result i bake it for 20 mns on 180°C.  Start checking on the minute 15 as you don’t want them to become hard but soft crunchy.

how to do maakroun in sugar

Soak it in the sugar syrup for 15 minutes then take it out and satisfy your sweet tooth. 3a2bel kel seneh!


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aish el saraya (bread of royal castle) – a flavoursome lebanese bread pudding

aish el sarayaA palatable lebanese deli, flavored with orange blossom. Very light, easy to prepare and your toddlers will love it .



  1. 1 1/2 cup milk full fat
  2. 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  3. 1 1/2 tbsp corn flour
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp orange blossom

sugar syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp orange blossom

Enough toast to line the plate you will be preparing the dessert in.

Crushed pistachios to sprinkle over, or if you prefer almond or walnuts. They all taste wonderful with it.


  • Line the toast in the plate
  • Make the syrup: combine water, sugar and lemon and place over medium heat to allow the sugar to melt,  then add the orange blossom and pour the hot syrup over the toast to let them soak in it. Put aside
  • Prepare the pudding: mix the milk, sugar and corn flour together and place over medium heat and keep stirring until the mixture becomes viscous then add the orange blossom and pour it over the soaked toasts.
  • When it cools to room temperature put it in the fridge for at least 5 hours, better for overnight.

Don’t forget to sprinkle the pistachios, almonds or walnut over before serving!

Absolutely yummy