Ashta Creamy Filling

Ashta Creamy Filling

Ashta Creamy Filling 1903 1260 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Ashta creamy filling is simply clotted cream perfect for topping or filling homemade desserts, fruit and pastries. Real Ashta requires you to patiently skim off the thin skin that forms on boiling milk, again and again.  It is such a long process I have never attempted it.

This is my mum’s simplified version of it.  The recipe uses white bread as a thickner.  Unlike the smooth ashta recipe used in my shay’biyat creamy filled pastries, this has a texture very close to the original recipe.

Ashta cream filling in a bowl with ingredients by rouba shahin

I make ashta in various ways and use it to top and stuff desserts. The sweetened ricotta ashta is even an easier recipe and works a treat in these delicious coconut and pistachio delight sandwiches.


  • 3 slices of white sliced bread crust removed
  • 3 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 150 ml thickened cream
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons rosewater

Ashta Cream ingredients by rouba shahin

Step 1.
To make the ashta cream, remove the crust off the bread (discard) and cut into strips.  Place the bread in a medium non stick saucepan and sprinkle over the icing sugar.

sprinkle icing sugar over ashta creamy filling

Add the thickened cream

add thickened cream over ashta creamy filling

Pour over the milk and rosewater

pouring milk over ashta creamy filling

Step 2.
Place the non stick saucepan over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble around the edges (approxinately 1-2 minutes). Reduce the heat to low and gently break up the bread with a spatula.(do not stir). Continue to cook, occasionally breaking up the mixture with spatula until it slightly thickens (approximately 15 minutes).

The tip here is not to stir. The mixture will thicken some more once cooled so it is important you don’t over cook it on the stove.

ashta creamy filling in a pan over low heat

Remove from heat, pour into a bowl and leave to cool. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes before using.

Ashta creamy filling in black bowl

Top and Stuff Ashta on

Shay’biyat Creamy Filled Pastries

Coconut Delight Sandwiches



Pistachio Delight Sandwiches


Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health