Chocolate Biscuit Dessert


I first had this dessert at my mother in laws. I have to admit when I saw it I did not think I would like it; it is just something I have never tried before. My son and I ended up eating the entire pan, no joke that is how good it is. This reminded me of a Saudi version of southern banana pudding. The tea biscuits and the chocolate combine so well overnight. I have never seen any Qashta in the states so you can make your own version here.

Since I originally posted this recipe I have since went back and reworked it and the ingredients to make sure that everyone would be able to make it. This recipe has been viewed thousands of times thus making it a popular one yet some of the ingredients were only available in Saudi. I wanted to give everyone a chance to make it. I prefer this new recipe it has so much more flavor. Also if you can not find tea biscuits you can use vanilla wafers (we do not have those here).

2 (200 gram) tea biscuit packets
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 (170 gram) can

1. In a large mixing bowl add cream, with a hand held mixer beat until peaks form. Add powdered sugar and cocoa, mix well with blender. Fold in qashta, mix.

2. In an 8×8 dish add cream mixture and spread out all over bottom of dish. Add a layer of tea biscuits (in 3 strips up and down) and continue layering mixtures. Cream layer should be on top. Crumble 2-3 biscuits and sprinkle on top.

3. Cover dish with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hour.

Yields: 6 servings
*updated from 2/18/09

30 Responses to Chocolate Biscuit Dessert

  • Jen Umm A says:

    Salaam Noor, what is dream whip? This sounds soooo good, I want to try it inshaallah.

  • Noor says:

    It is kind of like cool whip in a bag. You mix it with milk and it whips up. Its hard to get cool whip here so that is what people use instead. Use cool whip :)

  • Ahluuul says:

    I made this and it was delicious! Everybody loved it. Will definitely be making again.

    But, (and this is a big but) I live in Australia and I had already made the qashta (which is yummy on its own) before I realised Australia doesn’t have any similar product AT ALL to dreamwhip/coolwhip! So I googled a homemade dream whip – one with gelatine (I’ll put the link after this comment inshaAllah so it doesn’t get caught in spam).

    I was panicking a bit because the homemade dream whip was runny (as per some of the comments, it was because I used full-cream powdered milk, not skim perhaps?) but I added some melted white chocolate (1/2 cup) to give it some holding power.

    The delicate flavour of rosewater & orange blossom (not overpowering at all in combination, I was surprised). I forgot the cocoa powder though. And I used Arnotts Nice biscuits for the tea biscuits :)

    Thank you Noor!


  • Umm Zacharia says:

    I love reading your blog….It is so helpful!
    I just have one question…where in the world did you find heavy cream in Saudia???? I’m in Saudia now and have been looking everywhere for it. I wanted to make full cream scones the other day. My husband and I searched high and low and couldn’t find any. I have not had very good luck with substitutions here so would appreciate the advice.

  • Noor says:

    Wa Alaykum Salam thank you sis I appreciate this :) What city do you live in? I am in Riyadh and here we can find it everywhere Panda, Carrefour, Danube and Tamimi. Many Saudis use it for pastas and desserts so its popular here.

  • From Yeast to Zest says:

    I said I would make this last year but I haven’t yet, my boys love all the ingredients in this, I may make it tonight inshaAllah.

  • Noor says:

    Talal loves it and you know how picky he is so I am sure they would inshAllah. Its the most simple recipe so easy to make and cheap but mashAllah it taste so much better then things that take us hours. It kinda turns into this yummy cake. You will like it :)

  • Jenni says:

    Salaam Noor, I love ur blog! My husband loves that I found ur blog…lol. I’m in the US but my husband is from Jeddah. So I’m always trying to find recipes to remind him of home and his family. This looks delicious! One question though, Is the table creme from nestle the same as the qashta? The cans look similar. Thanks for ur help

  • Umm Zacharia says:

    Salaams Noor
    Thanks for the response. I’m in Al-Ahsa. I’ll check again when I go to Panda. I was at a smaller yet very popular store here and they didn’t have it. I have to go to to Dammam for Tamimi or Carrefour. At least I know it’s here and wont have to experiment with qishta :( I’ve been tempted to make my own brown sugar with dipps rather then regular molasses (another thing i can’t find yet) since brown sugar is so expensive here for the amount I need for baking…..Aaaahhhhh the things you take for granted. I know the taste may be different with dipps but I’ll take a shot at it and see. Any who, Thanks for the help. Insha Allah you and your family are having a blessed Ramadan…kul am wa enti bilkhair

  • Noor says:

    Wa Alaykum Salam,

    Jenni alhumdullah I am glad you found my site as well and inshAllah you can fix all this food :) The table cream is not the same but the closest thing maybe when your in the states (I used it a lot of times). Qashta is a thick cream almost like cheese and has a light brown color.

    UmmZ Dammam will have it I am sure. all of these things are easy to get here bc we have so many Westerns so try Dammam they should have it all bc they have more then we do :)

  • UmmBinat says:

    Salam alaikum wa ramatulah wa barakatu sister Noor. I have Cool Whip and heavy cream like in the USA and qeshta in a can what do I use? I didn’t understand where all the talk of Cool Whip came from when there is none called for in this recipe or is there?

  • Noor says:

    Wa Alaykum Salam, yea just ignore all the comments. A lot of people were having problems not having qasta or cool whip so I re-did the recipe to work with everyone so just follow as is now :)

  • UmmBinat says:

    DH said this is goood and DD1 (4 years old) said it’s yumm and to say her baba likes it (she helped me put it together even hand whipping the cream) The qashta I used is plain (I think that is what is meant) I used a good fair trade organic cocoa powder plus the rest of the ingredients. I will make this again insha Allah!!

  • Desiree says:

    Hi Noor,

    Eid mubarak, thanks so much for your blog and posting this recipe. My husband is from Bahrain and he remembers this dish from his childhood. I don’t normally make desserts so I made this recipe for Eid. He’s going to love it!

    Regarding qashta in the US, I live in Boston and it is widely available at almost all grocery stores. You can find it in the Mexican food section and it is called “crema” by Nestle. Hope that helps anyone else who is looking for it.

    Best regards,

  • Noor says:

    Late Eid Mubarak to you as well. Your welcome and I am so glad that you enjoy the blog. I am glad you all enjoyed the dessert its one of my all time favorites. Oh thanks for letting everyone know thats awesome.

  • Ahluuul says:

    Noor, I saw your reply to my comment (before you redid the recipe) – thanks! The new photo looks great :) But would you be able to put the link to homemade qashta…I have it, but for others, like me, who do not live in Gulf it might be useful.

  • Nadia says:

    Trying this out tonight. Will use dream whip to lighten it up! Sounds it will b gone from the dish super fast.

  • saadia says:

    Just want to clarify, do you use both the heavy cream and qashta, or just one type of cream? My mom was telling me she knew someone who used to make this dessert with just qashta. I figured you use both, so that the whipped cream doesn’t deflate and the qashta adds density. I really love this dessert and really want to try and make it!

    • Noor says:

      You can make it with just the qashta it taste amazing with just the chocolate mixed in with it. We actually use dream whip here which is a mix you add milk to and beat that is kind of like whipped cream in a box. But Dream whip is not available everywhere so I tried to suit the recipe for everyone to make. If you have dream whip use that though. The whipped cream makes it more fluffy and sweet. MUCH better then just plain qashta I promise :) This is the most simple recipe and one of the best. Let me know how you like it please.

  • saadia says:

    Thanks so much for your prompt response! I have been searching for this recipe because I used to eat this at dinner parties back when I lived in Riyadh, it was a popular dessert. Thank you so much for posting it, I bought the heavy cream and kashta, so will definitely try it soon, will let you know how it turns out.

  • saadia says:

    I made the dessert with whipping cream and kashta and a little nutella. It turned out great!! Thank you!!

  • Tracey says:

    I clicked on this because it looks a lot like what my Saudi student makes, from a recipe of his mom’s. But he uses solid chocolate instead of cocoa powder, and Puck cream (the canned kind) instead of heavy cream. Puck is widely available in Middle Eastern and international stores in the U.S. He also then puts swirls of chocolate syrup on it, and shaves solid chocolate onto it.

    • Noor says:

      I have never had it that way. The way we make it here is with qashta and dream whip which you can only find in the Middle East but I tried to make this recipe easy for everyone worldwide to make :)

  • Maude Joanna says:

    The biscuits if soaked in milk for 10-15 seconds become soft. Dip the biscuits in cold milk and layer it, then put the chocolate mixture on it and continue. You can also top with some grated coconut (desiccated coconut). Its delicious, here in the UAE, this is how they make it :)

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