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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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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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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!
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?
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
A good idea is to get a hand blender. Whisk it few times. It will get back to its smooth creamy texture.
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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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
- Corn starch
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!
Try these Recipes with Sweet Creamy Ashta!
- Aish el Saraya- Rose Water Bread Pudding
- Avocado Smoothie With Whipped Ricotta Cheese
- Halawit Elriz-Rice and Cheese Cream
- Osmaliyi Dessert With Ashta
- Ashtello (Panna Cotta)
- Middle-Eastern Pancakes (Atayif)
Add Creamy Ashta to these Recipes!
- Strawberry Mango Banana Smoothie
- Cantaloupe Mora Smoothie
- Homemade Delicious Creamy Yogurt Kefir
- Blender Mango Soft Serve |Ice Cream in 5 Minutes
- Satisfying Fruit Salad
Ashta with Unique Aromatic Flavors!
Easy 5-Ingredient Ashta Recipe
- 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.
Suzanne Bazzi says
This is such an easy, sophisticated dessert. I have made it so many times now and it is definitely the best ashta recipe I have tried. Such a crowd pleaser.
YAY! This recipe is a popular one on my page! So happy to hear you enjoy it!!! Thank you for the review!
It was my first time making ashta and it came out so good. The recipe is very easy to follow and it’s delicious.
Happy you enjoyed the ashta recipe! Thank you so much for your feedback!
So so amazing and Your step-by-step instructions and video are so easy to follow! An outstanding recipe with little effort and time!!!
So happy to hear you enjoyed my ashta recipe!!! Thank you for the feedback!
Looks so yummy. For How long it last in the fridge?
Thank you! It lasts about 3 days in the fridge in an air tight sealed container. I would suggest to add paper towel to the lid so that it can absorb any moisture.
This recipe was on point. It was really good and very creamy. Thank you so much
This ashta recipe is a hit! My family enjoy it with fruit and I make many middle eastern desserts with it.
Best ashta recipe!
Thank you so much for taking the time to rate this recipe! 🙂
My favorite go to ashta recipe! So creamy and sweet. It’s a hit in our household.
Thank you so much for taking the time out leave me a review!! This makes me so happy that you and your family are enjoying this Ashta recipe! 🥰
I’ve tried many sweet Ashta recipes before, but this one worked best. Being a fan of Lebanese desserts, I’m gonna use this Clotted Cream (Sweet)- Ashta recipe often. I just have a question. Is there an alternative of ricotta cheese??
This is one popular recipe on this blog! I would stick to ricotta cheese 🙂 NO need to swap it out unless you are trying to go for dairy free – you can try dairy free ricotta cheese and give it a shot!
Hi there! I’ve just discovered your blog.. I’m Lebanese living in Australia and doing keto! You mentioned we can use heavy cream, sweetener and arrowroot powder (instead of cornstarch) – do you think I could use xantham gum to thicken the ashta instead of the arrowroot?
Thanks so much, I can’t wait to try.
Hi Kat! So nice to meet you! I am also Lebanese 🙂 You can definitely swap cornstarch for the ‘same amount’ of xantham gum as a thickener. Let me know how it turns out for you!
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
Thank you for sharing this ashta recipe. I love Arabic desserts and this ashta can be used in many of them.
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.
Happy to hear that! This ashta recipe is loved by my instagram followers!! 🙂 Enjoy!
This is my new go to ashta recipe. I whip it up in five minutes. So easy and so versatile.
It is the best! I love to hear you like it!
The easiest and best ever ashta recipe. Works well with most desserts. Thanks a lot
My go to ashta with all Arabic desserts. It’s flawless! Thanks you ❤️
The most accurate ashta recipe I’ve tried so far. Thank you
Glad you tried it and loved it! One of my most popular ashta sweet cream recipes !
This is my go to ashta recipe! Thank you!