Malabi Malabi is a traditional Israeli milk pudding. In this recipe I used coconut milk to lighten it up a bit. However whole milk works beautifully and adds extra richness. 

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For the pudding:
3 cups coconut milk, we like So Delicious brand
¼ cup orange blossom honey
¼ cup plus one tablespoon arrowroot
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange flower water
1 large pinch ground cardamom
zest of 1 orange
pinch sea salt

For the compote:
1 tablespoon Turkish dried figs, chopped
1 tablespoon almonds, sliced
1 fresh figs chopped
1 tablespoon orange blossom honey
1 tablespoon orange rind in long strips
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon orange flower water

  1. For the pudding, combine coconut milk, honey, and arrowroot in a heavy-bottom pot.
  2. On medium-low heat, whisk the ingredients together.
  3. Continue to whisk gently until thickened—be sure pudding doesn’t burn.
  4. Once thickened add vanilla, cardamom, orange zest, and a pinch of salt.
  5. Carefully pour into four 4 oz ramekins and refrigerate for at least 4–6 hours or until it is set.
  6. For the compote, give the orange strips a few chops with a sharp knife.
  7. Add to a small pot on low heat with the remaining ingredients and stir together until just warmed through and dried figs plump up a bit.
  8. Top each pudding with a spoonful compote and serve.


If you have leftover compote, spread it on buttered toast the next morning!
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