Easy Sweet Arabic Dessert Recipes

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Arabic desserts are not only delicious but highly addictive. Here are some easy Arabic dessert recipes for a newbie.

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Lebanese Semolina Pudding


For the Cream and Pudding Layers:

  • ¾ cup fine semolina
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup cold coconut cream
  • 3 ½ cup non-dairy milk (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tsps orange blossom water
  • ½ tsp grated orange zest
  • ¾ cup chopped pistachios

For the Syrup:

  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Squeezed orange or lemon juice
  • ½ tsp orange blossom water
  • ½ tsp rose water


  • Open a can of full fat coconut milk and refrigerate it before opening.
  • If you use cold coconut milk, the higher fat cream solidifies and it becomes easier to set the pudding.
  • You can then easily remove the solidified cream layer and discard the remaining water.
  • Collect this solidified coconut fat and ensure that it is around 3/4th cup.
  • Whip this cream with a hand-held manual whipper or an electric whipper to make it fluffy and easy to spread. Keep aside.
  • Take another bowl and add the non-dairy milk, semolina and sat and bring together to a boil. Keep stirring the mixture with a whisk. 
  • After 30 seconds of mixing, boiling and stirring continuously, remove from the heat and add in the cranberries, rose water, orange blossom water, and orange zest.
  • Add this mixture into a 9 x 13 inches baking pan and level it out smoothly to make it even. Allow this to cool.
  • Once it is cool, spread the coconut cream over the entire semolina surface and level it out too.
  • Chill this in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Next, take the sugar and pour some water into the sugar to mix it. Add some citrus juice and reduce the heat to medium-high. Do not stir the syrup and let it come to a boil. As soon as the bubbles start coming in the liquid, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes. Do not mix the syrup even now as, doing so, tends to crystalize the syrup later. 
  • Now keep swirling the sauce pan and then remove it from the flame and let cool.
  • Once the dessert has chilled, cut the pudding in neat slices and remove and place in a large platter.
  • Decorate each slice with pistachios and drizzle some leftover syrup. Serve!
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Kanafeh (Sweet Cheese Pastry)


  • ½ pound shredded kanafa dough, thawed.
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 2 cups feta, crumbled
  • ½ cup apple or pear sauce.


  • Break the Kanafa dough using a food processor into one or two inch long pieces.
  • Mix the butter with the dough using your hands and then press half of this dough into a baking pan in a thin layer.
  • Pulse the different cheeses in the food processor to get a coarse consistency of each.
  • Add these mixed cheeses in a layer over the dough.
  • Again add the remaining dough layer over this cheese layer and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Serve warm with syrup or garnished with apple or pear sauce.

These are two amazing and easy Arabic dessert recipes worth trying.

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