Sweet Cheese Rolls (Halawet el Jibn)


Sweet cheese is a combination of melted mozzarella cheese with semolina, forming a sweet cheese (hence the name) that's served with a creamy custard.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 345
Fat 15g
Saturated fat 8.5g
Carbohydrates 40g
Sodium 267mg
Fiber 1g
Protein 12g
Cholesterol 40mg

Sweet Cheese Rolls (Halawet el Jibn)

12 rolls
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  • [1/3] cup butter
  • [1/2] cup semolina
  • [1/2] cup farina
  • 2[1/2] cups Simple Syrup (recipe later in this chapter)
  • 1 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 2 cups Ashta Custard (recipe earlier in this chapter)
  • 2 TB. pistachios, ground


In a large pot over medium heat, cook butter, semolina, and farina for 3 minutes.

Add 1 cup Simple Syrup to the pot, stir, and cook for 3 minutes.

Add mozzarella to the pot, and cook, stirring vigorously, for about 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Pour [1/2] cup Simple Syrup onto a baking sheet and spread out to coat all sides. Pour cheese mixture onto the baking sheet, and using the back of a wooden spoon, spread out to the size of the baking sheet. Cool for 15 minutes.

Run a knife down the baking sheet lengthwise, making two cuts in the sheet and forming three columns. Then make three more cuts widthwise, so you have 12 equal-size pieces.

Place 3 tablespoons Ashta Custard at one end of each piece, roll, place seam side down on a plate.

To serve, sprinkle each piece with ground pistachios and a drizzle of Simple Syrup.

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I just want to ask what is farina? I am married to a Lebanese but him or his mum has never heard of farina. His uncle makes this sweet and he has been making it from last 40 years he recently came to Australia and he hasn't heard about it. Can you please tell me what is it coz I love this sweet and ladies arms znout El sit if can please show us how to do that would be nice . Thanks

18 May , 2016

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