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The Easy 5-Ingredient Ashta Recipe is one of the most multifaceted cream recipes used in Middle-Eastern desserts. Ashta is easy to make and delicious to eat.

Clotted cream-Ashta comes in many variations across the globe and is used in all sorts of desserts. This unique clotted cream is light, yet indulgent and satisfying. Heavenly!

Creamy Homemade Ashta Is Super Delicious!

A bowl of delicious ashta with ground pistachio
How would you prefer to have your ashta served?

What Is Ashta Made Of?

Call it Ashta, Eshta, Gishta, or Kishta! Ashta cream recipe is the ultimate Lebanese pudding that is perfectly sweetened. It gets its 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.

All the Sweetness in One Bowl!

A bowl of sweet ashta perfect to indulge yourself
Drizzle some honey on top of your ashta and indulge your tooth!

The Easy Ashta sweet cream recipe I share with you today is a very popular one on my Instagram page and I assure you that you will love it! It is a staple ingredient for Middle Eastern Desserts!

Not only that… it is one of the easiest ashta recipes you will ever make. Don’t forget that I have a low sugar option for you in case you are diabetic or follow a low-carb dieter.

Perfect Ashta For Your Katayef!

Ashta is a luxuriously rich and creamy, thick-clotted cream. It is perfectly done in The Pan from Perco.
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How Can You Enjoy the Sweet Taste of Ashta?

You can say this is the Arabic Cream Cheese. It is sweet, creamy and so delicious on its own. But it is also versatile. It can be used in a wide array of Middle Eastern desserts. It perfectly pairs with fruits!

Here are some ways to enjoy ashta.

Try this delectable ashta with filo/phyllo dough-based dessert. For example, Osmaliyi Dessert With Ashta calls for this special ashta and Kataifi fillo dough.

Why not pipe some rich and creamy ashta onto a pie crust. The combination is irresistible!

Let me suggest you another delicious way to enjoy this rich and decadent Kashta. It is great to spread it over toast or pancake-type dough like the yummy Middle-Eastern Pancakes (Atayif).

Luscious Ashta with Pistachio! Yummy!

Best sweet clotted cream for Ramada desserts
Clotted cream is perfect for your Ramadan sweets!

Now it is my favorite! I just love to sit on my porch with a bowl of delightful ashta. I top it with fruits, some crushed pistachio, and a drizzle of honey. What a perfection!

To wow your guests, make some of this delicious sweet ashta. Then, bake in between a special semolina dough to make what is called Maamoul Mad Bi Ashta, a tasty delectable Middle Eastern sweet.

For a kid-friendly version of ashta, try it in panna cotta form or what I call Ashtello. Add your kid’s favorite fruit on top. He will ask for more and more!

Sweet Ashta on Top of Fruit Cocktail! Heavenly!

Creamy rich ashta cooked in The Pan from Perco is the best ashta for your sweets.
A savory rich cream is yummy when topped with sweet fresh fruit! Irresistible!

Are You on a Low carb or Keto Diet?

If you choose to have a specific diet, you can still enjoy sweet delicious dishes. So, adjust this luscious ashta to fit your preference.

For low carb and keto friendly ashta recipe, you can use heavy cream and sugar free sugar like xylitol. Click here to purchase xylitol.

Attention! Be sure to also replace corn starch with arrowroot powder.

Use this Rich Decadent Ashta for your Tasty Osmaliyi!

Rich and creamy ashta for middle eastern dessert
What a delicious bowl of ashta!

Here Are Some Ways to Thicken Ashta!

Some may thicken ashta using bread. Many others use corn starch to thicken Ashta 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.

Another option for thicker ashta is to add less milk or heavy cream in the first step of the process. You can also whisk on low heat a little longer.

Indulge your Tooth with a Delightful Sweet Ashta Cream Bowl!

How beautiful!

If You Do Not Have Ricotta Cheese, You Should Not Worry!

This recipe calls for ricotta cheese. If you do not have it, you can add some vinegar to hot milk and leave it for a while.

The milk will curdle, so you separate the curds or lumps from the whey. Drain them before using them info ashta.

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The Pan from Perco is my favorite cookware for many recipes that I make. It is an essential kitchen gadget that you must have. Here is why you will love this amazing pan.

First, it is large enough for all your dishes. It is 11-inch (27.94 cm) diameter and 4 quarts (3.78 L) capacity. Second, it has a special construction. It is made from strong cast aluminum. It also has an unbreakable cast aluminum lid.

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Tips for the Best Clotted Cream Ashta

If you choose to store this luscious Ashta, press a plastic wrap over the surface of the clotted cream. This way, you will not end up with a cream skin formation while Ashta chills. Upon serving stored Kashta, do not forget to mix it.

All ricotta is not the same. For rich ashta, make sure to use a high-quality brand.

Wow! What a Delish Bowl!

A Luxurious bowl of creamy ashta and grounded pistachio will wow your guests.
Five Star sweet for your family and friends!

Make sure you whisk the ashta continuously. If you do not, Kashta will thicken unevenly. You will have lumps and chunks in your ashta.

You can make this rich ashta unsweetened if you will use it with desserts that are served with sugar syrup or attar.

For a special chocolate tweak, add some cocoa powder to your ashta. You add it with the corn starch. What a gorgeous variation!

Soft and Creamy! Don’t You Want to taste it?

Check the creamy smooth texture of this delectable ashta cooked in The Pan from Perco. It will never stick!
This rich creamy kashta is perfect for sweets with puff pastry!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze Ashta?

It is not recommended to freeze clotted cream or ashta. Once it defrosts, it will lose its creamy texture. It may become dry and crumbly. So, it is better to store it in a container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

What is the difference between whole milk and heavy cream?

Whipping cream is much fattier than whole milk. But, they work the same way in most recipes just like Ashta recipe. If you use whole milk, you can some butter to add the fats.

After it chilled down, my Ashta has become too thick. What can I do to spread it easily?

A good idea is to get a hand blender. Whisk it few times. It will get back to its smooth creamy texture.

Can I fry ashta?

It is a great way to try other versions of ashta tastes. Of course, you can fry them after forming them into Middle-Eastern Pancakes (Atayif). You can also set them in the oven like Osmaliyi Dessert With Ashta.

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Sprinkle some ground pistachio on top of a delicious sweet bowl of ashta and enjoy the taste.
Enjoy this tasty Ashta with your dear ones! They will be surprised!

Clotted Cream or Ashta

The sweet creamy Ashta is perfect on top of Strawberry Mango Banana Smoothie. It also adds a lot to the Satisfying Fruit Salad. Made with 5 ingredients only, let’s prepare it together!


  • Ricotta cheese
  • Whole milk or heavy cream
  • Sugar
  • Corn starch
  • Rosewater

How To Prep

First, 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.

Then, turn the heat on to high while whisking continuously.

Once the milk comes to a boil as you are whisking, you will notice it getting thicker. Once it has thickened, turn off the heat and remove the pot from the hot stove.

Finally, add in the full container of ricotta cheese, then whisk until whipped and fluffy.

Enjoy right away or allow to cool for 20 minutes. Then, refrigerate for 3-4 hours before using with recipes that call for ashta.

My Favorite Bowl for a Sweet Dessert!

Plain sweet ashta ready to be added to your osmaliyi or spread on your katayef
Sweet, Smooth, and Silky! Enjoy!

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Ashta with Unique Aromatic Flavors!

Delectable and sweet ashta for Ramadan sweets like Katayef, Mad Bil Ashta, Othmaliyii, and others
The aroma of rose water will fill your soul with happiness!

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Easy 5-Ingredient Ashta Recipe

By: Lama
Ashta is a luxuriously rich and creamy, thick clotted cream enjoyed alone and or included in many Middle Eastern recipes! Here is the easiest and most delicious recipe you will ever make!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people


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  • 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, about 5 minutes.
  • Turn the heat on high and continue whisking until it comes to a boil. You should see the milk thicken into a white pudding (see video below). Once it has thickened, remove pan off of the heat.
  • Add in the ricotta cheese then whisk well incorporated, fluffy and whipped! You can enjoy it right away or use it with many different middle eastern desserts (see the recommended desserts linked above this recipe card).
  • Allow the ashta to cool for 20 minutes them refrigerate for 2-4 hours or over night until firm.



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Note 1: When you store Ashta, press a plastic wrap over the surface of the clotted cream. This way, you will not end up with a cream skin formation while Ashta chills. Upon serving stored Kashta, do not forget to mix it.
Note 2: All ricotta is not the same. For rich ashta, make sure to use a high-quality brand.
Note 3: Make sure you whisk the ashta continuously. If you do not, Kashta will thicken unevenly. You will have lumps and chunks in your ashta.
Note 4: You can make this rich ashta unsweetened if you will use it with desserts that are served with sugar syrup or attar.
Note 5: For a special chocolate tweak, add some cocoa powder to your ashta. You add it with the corn starch. 


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 763IU | Calcium: 394mg | Iron: 1mg
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I'm Lama, welcome to my blog where you will find simple and diverse recipes your entire family will enjoy. I am honored to connect with you through the recipes I prepare!

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  1. 5 stars
    Incredible! This is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. It was the first time I try to make clotted cream and it was a success. Thank you

  2. 5 stars
    Best ashta recipe I have tried making. It works literally with any dessert that calls for recipe. I can make this in 5 minutes and it is ready to use. So satisfying.