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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Cherry-Milk Pudding

(Visneli Muhallebi)

Cherry-Milk Pudding
Cherry Pudding:
400 gr red sour pitted cherries in light syrup (1 cup juice + cherries)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp corn starch

Place the sugar, cinnamon and corn starch in a small pot. Slowly add 1 cup of cherry compote juice and stir constantly to avoid lumps over medium heat. Then add in the cherries. When it gets thicker, cook for 1 more minute. Pour equally into 4 individual bowls. Let it cool down. Meanwhile start cooking the milk pudding.

Milk Pudding:
1 cup 3.25% milk
1/2 cup cream, I used half & half
2 tbsp rice flour
4 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Place the sugar, rice flour and vanilla extract into a small pot. Slowly add in milk and cream, stir constantly to avoid lumps over medium heat. When it gets thicker, cook for 1 more minute. Pour equally over the cherry pudding. Let it cool down.

Cherry-Milk Pudding
Sprinkle some Cinnamon and place a cherry cut in half on top. Keep it in the fridge. Cherry-Milk Pudding is a sweet & sour, tasty comfort food :)

I was cooking Cherry Topping for my husband who loves to have his ice cream with fruit toppings. Having compote on the side with meals is a Turkish tradition, that's why I always carry a few jars of Cherry Compote (Cherries in Syrup) in my pantry. One day I wanted to make a dessert with it and Muhallebi (Milk Pudding) is also very much enjoyed in Turkish cuisine, so here is the result I came up with. We all loved it. I am sure you will like it too:)

Makes 4 servings.

Meal Ideas:
- Red Lentil and Mint Soup, Lamb and Veggie Casserole, Turkish Rice Pilaf, Carrot Salad and Potato Pate.



At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur, what's half & half? Is it half cream and half milk?

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Morningdew,
A mixture of half milk and half cream. It has 10-12% milkfat.
Equal parts milk and cream
1 cup half and half = 1 cup less 2 tablespoons milk plus 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,
i think your recipes are amazing :)
ive been looking for recipes like these for ages. My dads turkish and Im in love with turkish food but i never see him so Ive never had the chance to get the recipes off him.
I was just wondering what the cherry milk pudding would taste like without the cherry? Would it still taste sweet if I just made the milk pudding?

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Ariya,
I am glad that you liked my recipes:) I've already posted Muhallebi (Milk Pudding) recipe which is under the Dairy Desserts section. If you like you don't have to add mastic in it. Here is the address;


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