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Qashta is used in many Arabic desserts and many people eat it alone or with honey. It has a delicious thick and creamy taste. I have heard that you can make it by boiling full fat milk and allowing it to sit until the cream becomes solid on top. You could also substitute qashta for ricotta or cottage cheese although they really taste nothing alike it would work. This cooked version is what I think would work best in its place. You can substitute all rose or orange water instead but I think the two mix well together.

4 cups cream
1/4 cup water
5 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon blossom water
1 tablespoon rose water

1.In a 2-quart saucepan place cream, heat but DO NOT boil. In a small bowl add water and cornstarch, mixed until dissolved. Add to saucepan. Add sugar and mix with whisk until mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and add blossom and rose water. Allow to cool.

Yields: 8 servings


  1. Oh Thank you SO much for posting this recipe. I've been trying to find somewhere to get this, because I absolutely love basboosa with a helping of eshta on TOP rather than in the middle. I LOVE your blog :D

  2. Noor9/08/2009

    I know so many wanted this recipe glad to get it posted finally..

  3. Nada2/24/2010

    how funny.. I'm moroccan living in Qatar.. I discovered this quishta in the GCC countries and never gave it a try...because It's not part of the creams I know and grew up on (mostly french). I never understood what it was made of.. now that i know..i feel better about trying it! anything with orange blossom and rose water gets me hooked..I like the blog.. except for the Msemmen recipe which is not looking moroccan at all..let me know if you need moroccan recipes..
    Good job and wonderful blog.

  4. Nada wow I am behind and just seeing this lol. I love qashta but funny story when we first moved to KSA my mil had me a lot of it. It said cream so I thought it was like liquid cream from the states. I opened it and it was not so I thought it was old and threw it away LOL. NOW I love it though :)

    Ahh my poor Msemmen is not thin enough give me credit it was my first try :p

  5. well good enough...it took me many trials as well..it just needs practice..