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Homemade Ashta: Your Ultimate Dessert Companion

Elevate Your Sweets with a Simple, Versatile Clotted Cream
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Homemade Ashta: Your Ultimate Dessert Companion

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 15 mins
Servings: 6


Welcome to the first of many journeys into the heart of Middle Eastern cuisine with my Cheats' Homemade Ashta. This recipe is a celebration of the rich culinary traditions of the Middle East, simplified for the modern kitchen without sacrificing the authentic flavours and luxurious texture that Ashta is known for. It's the perfect introduction to a series of versatile, easy-to-make Ashta variations that I'll be sharing, each designed to complement a wide range of desserts with minimal effort and maximum taste.

The Story Behind Ashta:

Ashta, translating to "layer of thick cream" in Arabic, is more than just a food item; it's a piece of cultural heritage. It stands at the culinary crossroads of the Middle East, embodying the region's love for rich, dairy-based desserts. Traditionally made through a laborious process of simmering milk and skimming the rich cream from the surface, Ashta is synonymous with luxury and indulgence. My version of Ashta, while easier to prepare, carries with it the same spirit of generosity and celebration that is characteristic of Middle Eastern hospitality.

Why This Ashta Is Your New Dessert Staple:

This Cheats' Homemade Ashta isn't just any cream; it's a versatile, go-to ingredient that will transform your desserts. Its creamy consistency and delicate sweetness make it the perfect filling for pastries, a luxurious topping for fruits, and an excellent companion for cold treats. Its ease of preparation makes it accessible, while its versatility in use from enhancing the simplest of fruits to becoming the star of sophisticated pastries makes it indispensable. Starting with this recipe, I will guide you through the many ways to enjoy Ashta, showcasing its adaptability and how it can become an essential part of your dessert repertoire.



  1. Combine Ingredients:

    In a saucepan, mix together 3 cups of milk, 1 cup of thickened cream (optional for extra richness), and 3/4 cup fine semolina.

  2. Cook Mixture:

    Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens to a creamy consistency.Once thickened, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon of rose water for a subtle, fragrant flavour.

  3. Cool Down:

    Cover the saucepan with cling wrap, placing it directly on the surface of the cream to prevent a skin from forming. Allow it to cool to room temperature.

  4. Final Stir:

    Before serving, stir the Ashta again to ensure a smooth, creamy texture. It is now ready to be used as a filling or topping in your favourite desserts. Enjoy!


If you're planning to enjoy this Cheats' Homemade Ashta on its own, you have a couple of delicious options to sweeten the experience. Feel free to drizzle some honey or sugar syrup over the Ashta for a delightful touch of sweetness. Alternatively, if you prefer a uniformly sweet flavour, you can easily add sugar to the mixture during the cooking process. Adjust the sweetness to your taste and enjoy a truly indulgent treat!

Keywords: Homemade Clotted Cream, Easy Ashta Recipe, Middle Eastern Desserts

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does homemade Ashta last in the fridge?

When stored properly in an airtight container, homemade Ashta can last in the fridge for up to 3-5 days. Make sure it's cooled down to room temperature before refrigerating.

Can I freeze Ashta?

It's not recommended to freeze Ashta, as freezing can alter its texture, making it grainy or separated upon thawing.

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