Arabic Ashta, also known as Qashta or Kashta, is a rich and creamy dessert commonly found in Middle Eastern cuisine. It is made by boiling milk until it reduces and thickens to a custard-like consistency, then adding sugar, cornstarch or rice flour, and sometimes rose or orange blossom water for flavor.
The mixture is then cooked again until it thickens even further, and then it is usually chilled or served warm. Ashta is often used as a filling for pastries or desserts, such as baklava, kunafa, or qatayef. It can also be served on its own with honey, nuts, or fruit.
Ashta is a popular dessert during Ramadan and other festive occasions in the Middle East. It has a smooth and creamy texture with a slightly sweet taste and floral aroma from the addition of rose or orange blossom water. It is a perfect ending to a rich and spicy meal, or as a refreshing treat on a hot day.