Halawet el Jibn

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Halawet el Jibn
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Halawet El Jibn
Place of originSyria
Region or stateLevant
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientsSemolina, cheese, sugar, clotted cream, pistachio, rose water

Halawet el-jibn (Arabic: حلاوة الجبن‎ / Ḥalāwat al-jibn) (cheese confection) is a Levantine Arabic dessert made of a Semolina and cheese dough, filled with cream.[1] Its origin has been given as the city of Hama in Syria,[2][3] though it is sometimes claimed to be the city of Homs,[4] where it is considered a specialty.[5] It is found in other regions in the Middle East, including Lebanon and Turkey,[5][6] and other countries around the world.[7][8]


This dessert is primarily made of a cheese dough (containing Akkawi cheese, mozzarella, or some mix of cheeses), a sugar syrup, and orange blossom water or rose water. It is normally filled with cream (Qoshta, Arabic: قشطة‎) and decorated with pistachio.


  1. ^ Sacco, Frances (14 February 2014). "Rajaa Tareq Kadhim makes Syrian treat Halawat Al Jibin for Global Kitchen". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Halawet el-jibn" [Halawet el Jibn]. middleeastmonitor. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  3. ^ "حلاوة الجبن خليط من المذاقات اللذيذة" [Halawet el Jibn is a mixture of delicious flavors]. Al-Ittihad (in Arabic). Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  4. ^ "حلاوة الجبن يتنافس عليها أهالي حمص وحماة," [Halawet el Jibn is contested by the people of Homs and Hama]. Asharq Al-Awsat (in Arabic). Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  5. ^ a b Helou, Anissa (20 June 2013). Levant: Recipes and memories from the Middle East. HarperCollins UK. ISBN 9780007448623.
  6. ^ Clark, Melissa (2016-01-19). "Turkish Sweets Are the Essence of a Nation". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  7. ^ "Salloura, an Epic of Sweets: Chap. 4, Betrayal". Culinary Backstreets. 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  8. ^ "Berlin now 'home sweet home' for Syrian pastry chefs". The Express Tribune. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 2018-07-11.