Clotted Cream (Sweet)- Ashta is one of the most multifaceted creams in Middle-Eastern desserts. Ashta is easy to make and delicious to eat. Clotted creams come in many variations across the globe and are used in all sorts of desserts. This unique clotted cream is light, yet indulgent and satisfying.
What goes in this ashta bowl recipe?
- ricotta cheese
- whole milk or heavy cream
- corn starch
- rose water
What ways can this clotted cream be served?
You can say this is the Arabic Cream Cheese, but it is sweet, creamy and so delicious on it’s own, in several middle-eastern desserts and especially with fruit! Here are some ways to enjoy ashta.
- in filo dough
- piped onto pie crust
- spread over toast or pancake-type dough
- in a bowl or cup with fruits and honey
- baked in between a special semolina dough
- in panna cotta form or what I call Ashtello
How To Prep?
- In a medium pot (while stove is OFF) add in cold whipping cream, sugar, rose water, and corn starch, whisk until corn starch has fully dissolved.
- Turn the heat on to high while whisking continuously. Once the milk comes to a boil as yo as whisking, you will notice it getting thicker. Once it has thickened, turn off the heat and remove the pot off of the hot stove
- Add in the full container of ricotta cheese then whisk until whipped and fluffy. Enjoy right away or allow to cool for 20 minute then refrigerate for 3-4 hours before using with recipes that call for ashta.
For thicker ashta you can add less milk or heavy cream in the first step of the process, or you can whisk on low heat a little longer.
Low carb/Keto option
- For low carb and keto friendly ashta recipe use heavy cream and sugar free sugar like xylitol. Click here to purchase xylitol
- Be sure to also replace corn starch with arrowroot powder
What is ashta made of?
Ashta cream is the ultimate Lebanese pudding that is perfectly sweetened and get’s it’s unique aromatic flavors from rose water and orange blossom water. There are different ashta recipes out there. For example, some recipes call for bread as the thickener, but typically these recipes don’t call for any eggs.
The ashta sweet cream recipe I share with you today is a very popular one of my Instagram page and I assure you that you will love it! Not only that… it is one of the easiest ashta recipes you will ever make and don’t forget that I have a low sugar option for you incase you are diabetic or follow a low carb dieter.
How do you thicken ashta?
As I mentioned earlier, some thicken it using bread. Many others use corn starch to thicken astha as I did here in this recipe. If you prefer it to be even thicker, just use less milk. So, instead of adding 2 cups of milk, you can use 1 cup of milk.
Some recipes that require ashta you may want to try!
- Rose Water Bread Pudding– also know as Aish Elsaraya
- Avocado Smoothie
- Halawit Elriz
- Osmaliyi Dessert
RECIPES YOU WANT TO TRY
- GIGI HADID’S VIRAL PASTA RECIPE (WITHOUT THE VODKA)
- LEBANESE VEGGIE PIZZA (PIE)
- LEBANESE MAAMOUL COOKIES
- AIR FRIED SPICY POTATO AND CILANTRO
- AISH EL SARAYA- ROSE WATER BREAD PUDDING
- AIR FRIED SPICY POTATO AND CILANTRO
- MLOUKHIEH WITH CHICKEN
- 30 oz ricotta cheese
- 2 cups whole milk or heavy cream
- 5 heaping tablespoons corn starch
- ¼ cup rose water
- ¾ cup sugar
- In a medium pot while the stove is OFF, add in the milk, sugar, rose water, and starch.
- Whisk until corn starch has fully dissolved
- Turnt he heat on high and continue whisking until it comes to a boil. You should see the sauce thicken into a white pudding. Once it has thickened remove heat
- add in the ricotta cheese and whisk well until fluffy and whipped! You can enjoy right away or to use with desserts allow it to cool for 20 minutes them refrigerate for 2-4 hours until firm.