Halawet El Smeed, Semolina Pudding, حلاوة السميد بالجبنة

Halawet El Smeed

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Toasty Semolina boiled with a sweet syrup. The end result is a wonderful warm pudding filled with puddles of sweet cheese and topped with toasted pine nuts.


Units Scale

4 tbsp Butter

1/2 cup Fine Semolina

2/3 cup Simple Syrup (3:2 Sugar & Water)

1/3 cup Water

1 tsp Orange Blossom Water

1/3 lb Sweet Cheese, cubed OR Fresh Mozzarella

2 tbsp Toasted Pine Nuts


In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the semolina and toast it on a medium heat until its evenly golden brown.

Add the simple syrup, water, and orange blossom water. It will sizzle so be careful.

Allow it to come to a boil. Stir well. Add the cubed cheese and mix it in. Add a splash of water and cover the skillet with a lid. The heat will melt the cheese.

Serve immediately topped with toasted pine nuts. Enjoy!


If you’re pudding gets too thick you can always add more water. I typically have a kettle of boiled water ready.

If you want it less sweet add more water and less syrup.

If you choose to make it ahead of time you can reheat it by pouring water and covering it with a lid. Reheat on low heat.