Ashta Recipe(Arabic Cream)-قشطة

What is Ashta?
Ashta means cream, fragrant with both orange blossom and rose water.  It's filling of many of Lebanese desserts such as Atayif, knefeh, mafrokeh, znod set and mad b ashta.
Recipes for Ashta varies, some use white bread to make it thick, some use semolina or corn starch and some use only milk and water without boiling the milk. Also, it can be made of whipping cream or half and half.

This recipe made of milk, corn starch, sugar, whipping cream and powdered sugar.  Some of you mix everything together and bring it to boil. Right?. Here I made it different. If you know how to make custard from scratch, then you got it!

If not this recipe is specially for you.

Ashta Recipe(Arabic Cream)-قشطة
Make your own Ashta (Eggless Custard), Enjoy it with fruits and honey or maybe syrup or maybe try Atayif recipe.

  • 4 cups milk (whole milk or 2%)
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 9 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp Rose water

Step-By-Step Recipe Direction

1. Combine milk, corn starch and sugar and stir well . Over high/medium heat, stirring until thickens for about 8-10 minutes. Lower the heat and bring them to boil for 1 minute. Now, turn off the heat and add the orange blossom and rose water and stir well.
Put them aside to cool. Refrigerate for at least half an hour.                                                                                               
*Note*The mixture will be a little bit thicker than usual but don't worry after you add the whipping cream it will be perfect.    

 2. In a small bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla till stiff peaks form.

3. Fold whipped cream into milk mixture with a rubber spatula.

Enjoy :)


Nutrition Facts
Serving size: tbsp
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.3g18%
Saturated Fat 8.8g44%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 125mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 40.1g15%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 8.7g
Vitamin D 1mcg6%
Calcium 311mg24%
Iron 0mg0%
Potassium 169mg4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.