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A sweet creamy dessert topped with pistachio nuts called esh asaraya

Esh Asaraya

A lusciously sweet bread and cream dessert you are sure to enjoy!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Qatari
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 838 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine



  • 6 slices Bread sourdough

For syrup

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Rose water or a few drops of rose essence

For cream

  • 2 cups Heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Pistachios crushed



  1. Trim the crust from the sides of the bread and then cut into bite size pieces and place them on a cookie tray.

  2. Heat the oven at 350 F and roast the bread till light brown color. This should just take a few minutes.
  3. Whip the heavy cream with sugar , till it attains soft peeks. Set it aside.

  4. In a sauce pan add the sugar and water.

  5. Boil  until the sugar dissolves and syrup becomes sticky. Add rose water or essence to the syrup.

  6. Add the roasted bread in the boiling sugar syrup and mix well.

  7. Cook them till the sugar starts caramelize and the bread becomes a little golden in color.

  8. Now in a bowl transfer the bread mixed in syrup and press them to form a layer. You can do this in one bowl or make individual servings which ever you prefer.
  9. Next spread the whipped cream and spread it evenly on the bread crumbs.
  10. Garnish with crushed pistachios.

Nutrition Facts
Esh Asaraya
Amount Per Serving
Calories 838 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 28g175%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 265mg12%
Potassium 323mg9%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 62g69%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1815IU36%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 151mg15%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.