Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Aish El Saraya Recipe

The Lebanese dessert of Aish El Saraya recipe - Bread Sweet.


Ingredients - Serves 16 persons:
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups ground pistachio nuts
  • 1/2 cup orange blossom water
  • 2 lb (1 kg) ashta (home-made cream)
  • 2 lb (1 kg) round loaf of French bread
  • 30 cm diameter
  • 1 cup water
Preparation:
  • Remove the crust with a sharp knife and process in the blender to form breadcrumbs.
  • In a saucepan, place the sugar and water over medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves.
  • Remove one cup of sugar and water and stir over medium heat until it becomes brown in color.
  • Add the brown sugar to the sugar and water solution, stir and pour over the breadcrumbs.
  • Knead the bread crumbs with a moistened hand. Shape into a ball, and set aside.
  • Roll half the ball of breadcrumbs between 2 aluminum foil sheets to a thickness of 1/2 cm.
  • Remove the foil and turn out onto a large serving dish, and sprinkle a little orange blossom water on it.
  • Smooth down with the palm of your hand.
  • Place the ashta on this layer in the dish and pat it down with a spoon.
  • Roll the other half of bread ball and turn the layer of bread on top of the ashta. Sprinkle with a little orange blossom water and smooth down with your palm. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Serve cold, garnished with the ground pistachio nuts.

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