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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 838kcal
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



  • Trim the crust from the sides of the bread and then cut into bite size pieces and place them on a cookie tray.
  • Heat the oven at 350 F and roast the bread till light brown color. This should just take a few minutes.
  • Whip the heavy cream with sugar , till it attains soft peeks. Set it aside.
  • In a sauce pan add the sugar and water.
  • Boil  until the sugar dissolves and syrup becomes sticky. Add rose water or essence to the syrup.
  • Add the roasted bread in the boiling sugar syrup and mix well.
  • Cook them till the sugar starts caramelize and the bread becomes a little golden in color.
  • 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.
  • Next spread the whipped cream and spread it evenly on the bread crumbs.
  • Garnish with crushed pistachios.


Calories: 838kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 1815IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 2.1mg