Zabadee el Mish Mish

Zabadee el Mishmish (Egyptian Apricot Pudding)

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


Zabadee el Mishmish is a delightful chilled Egyptian pudding of apricots, cottage cheese and yoghurt.



  • 150ml (3/5 cup) yoghurt
  • 2 tsp gelatine
  • 8 fresh peaches
  • 1 large bowl of cold water
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp caster sugar
  • 150g (5 1/3oz) cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp rose water


  • crushed pistachios or almonds
  • sliced apricots


  1. Place the yoghurt in a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatine all over and leave to soak for about 10 minutes.
  2. Let’s attend to the apricots in the meantime. Bring a pan of water to boiling point and drop the apricots in. Blanch them for 20 seconds, then plunge them in the cold water.
  3. Peel the apricots, the skin should just come off easily.
  4. Halve the apricots, lose the stones and place them in a food chopper or blender.
  5. Add the cottage cheese and sugar and process the whole lot until fairly smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.
  6. Back to the yoghurt and gelatine mix. Heat it on low heat for about 2-3 minutes, stirring, until the gelatine is dissolved.
  7. Add the gelatine mix, honey and the rose water to the apricot mix and stir to combine thoroughly.
  8. Pour into little dessert dishes or wine glasses and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours. Can definitely be made the night before.
  9. Top with sliced apricots and crushed nuts just before serving. I personally like lots of nuts on it.


Total time doesn’t include chilling time.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Egyptian


  • Serving Size: 4