Mahalabiya Egyptian Milk Custard

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Mahalabiya Egyptian Milk Custard

Mahalabiya milk custard is a traditional Egyptian dessert. It is a very quick and easy recipe to make. All is needed are a few simple ingredients which you will most likely have on hand already. 

Servings: 4


4 and 1/8 cups full cream milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 cup coconut flakes
2 tablespoons vanilla extract or essence
*coconut flakes and or crushed nuts/raisins for garnishing (optional)


1. In a medium sized pot pour in 4 cups milk, sugar, and vanilla and stir bringing to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.

2. In a small bowl add the cornstarch with the remaining milk and mix until smooth. Add to the pot and mix well.

3. Cook on medium heat for a few minutes until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/8 cup of coconut flakes

4. Garnish with coconut flakes, nuts, or raisins. Serve warm or chilled. Enjoy!

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16 February 2015 at 02:02 delete

Interesting! I haven't ever heard of something like this but it would be fun to try!

16 February 2015 at 03:31 delete

My kids would love this. We love all things coconut.

16 February 2015 at 03:53 delete

I've never heard of this, but I do love custards so I bet I'd like this! Sounds so simple and with just a few ingredients...right up my alley!

16 February 2015 at 15:46 delete

I've never heard of this but it sounds yummy! I think my boys would like it as well. Thanks for sharing!

17 February 2015 at 13:20 delete

I would love to try it because I'm a dessert eater but I don't like coconut. Sounds good otherwise though :)