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

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

  3. 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!

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

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