• Sweet cheese rolls (One World Kitchen)Source: One World Kitchen

These soft, creamy pillows are perfect with a cup of coffee or for a light dessert, and make a unique bring-a-plate idea for your next gathering.






Skill level

Average: 2.1 (19 votes)


  • 4 cups (1L) whole milk
  • 2 cups (500 ml) thickened cream
  • 1 tbsp (20 ml) lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp (60 ml) sugar syrup (see below)
  • 1 cup semolina flour
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp (40 ml) rose water
  • 2 tbsp (40 ml) orange flower water
  • Ground pistachios, for topping
  • Sugar syrup, for serving


Sugar syrup

  • 2 cups (400 g) sugar
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (20 ml) rose water

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. To make sugar syrup, dissolve the sugar in the water on the stove, making sure that it doesn’t burn. Stir in lemon juice and rosewater and let thicken slightly. Pour into a bowl and set aside.

  3. Pour milk and cream into a pan on the stove and bring to a simmer over low heat, making sure not to let it scorch. Add lemon juice. When curds float to top, scoop out curd and let drain in a cheese cloth over a bowl. Set aside.

  5. Heat a new pan on the stove and add ½ cup (120 ml) of the sugar syrup. Add semolina flour and stir to combine. Add mozzarella cheese to pan. Add orange flower water and stir to incorporate.

  7. Continue heating until cheese has melted, cooking the semolina.

  9. Take pan off the heat. Let cool a few minutes, and then turn out onto a lightly-floured counter.

  11. Roll out very thinly and cut into long rectangles. Spoon milk curd into centre of rectangles. Roll rectangles into logs. Slice logs into smaller sections.

  13. Top with sugar syrup and pistachios. Serve.