Aish El Saraya - Lebanese Desserts

Aish El Saraya – Lebanese Desserts

Aish El Saraya

I was asked to make delicious Lebanese dessert ( bread pudding ) called Aish El Saraya

Never tried it myself but got tempted as I’m a big fan of middle eastern sweets and desserts. Googled a recipe for Aish El Saraya and to my surprise I came across so many different variations of one dessert . I put down a recipe of my own by gathering all the main ingredients that I found during my searches.

Loved how it turned out, one word : delicious !

Hope you guys try my recipe of the delicious Lebanese sweet Aish El Saraya and enjoy as much as we did!

Aish El Saraya Recipe _Lebanese Desserts


Aish El Saraya - Lebanese Desserts

For the base

1 pack of white sandwich bread ( I used only ¾ of the pack, you can use entire pack for thicker layer)

For the syrup

1 cup of water

1 ⅓ cups of sugar

Juice of one lemon , about a tablespoon or a bit more

2 tbs orange blossom syrup

2 tbs rose water , both can be found in any Mediterranean supermarkets

For the cream filling

1 ½ cups of cold milk, I used full fat

4 tbs cornstarch

1 cup of heavy whipping cream,at room temperature ,preferably full fat

8-12 oz ( about 300 grams) creme fraiche or cream cheese,at room temperature

3 tbs sugar

2 tbs rose water

2 tbs orange blossom syrup

You will also need about 1-2 cups coarsely chopped pistachios

Aish El Saraya - Lebanese Desserts



Aish El Saraya - Lebanese Desserts


To make the base

Toast the bread until golden color, use toaster or oven, 400°F/200°C degrees 10-15 minutes

Use a processor to turn it into fine crumbs, you can also use slices or cubes of toasted bread as a base

To make the syrup

In a heavy bottom saucepan combine sugar and water

Cook over high heat until it comes to a boil

Reduce the heat to medium add the juice of one lemon and allow to simmer about 5-7 minutes

Remove from the heat, add rosewater and orange blossom syrup, mix and set aside

To make the cream filling

Aish El Saraya - Lebanese Desserts

In a heavy bottom saucepan combine cold milk and cornstarch, whisk until no lumps left

Place over medium heat and bring to a boil by constantly stirring with a whisk

The mixture will thicken as it cooks

Remove from the heat, add creme fraiche and continue mixing

Add in heavy whipping cream, rose water and orange blossom syrup while mixing constantly

Assembling Aish El Saraya 

Aish El Saraya - Lebanese Desserts

You can use a 9”x13” pan or 9” round springform pan to assemble

Mix together breadcrumbs and sugar syrup, save about ¼ cup of the syrup to drizzle over served slices

Place the mixture in the pan and lightly tap to form the bottom crumb, I use a measuring cup

Pour the cream filling on top and spread out to make it even and smooth

Sprinkles with pistachios

Chill about 5-7 hours and serve


Aish El Saraya - Lebanese Desserts


  1. I can’t find orange blossom syrup in Yerevan, Can you say another ingredient for this ?? Ինչ կարող եմ օգտագործել դրա փոխարեն ?

  2. I added the same ingredients but the filling didn’t set as much as yours. I left overnight in the fridge as well. Do I add a bit more cornstarch?

    • Hi there, it should’ve set properly if you added the exact amount of ingredients, mine always sets within 5-7 hours,
      Try adding another tablespoon of starch next time , that’d be helpful

  3. Hi Heghineh,
    I am a new subscriber of your Vlog,and I absolutely love it,I am Greek so a lot of your recipes are similar to ours,I was wondering if you ever made touloumbes pastry? and if you have could you do a video of it, Thank you and keep cooking these delicious recipes.

    • Hi there,
      Thank you for subscribing ,
      Haven’t made touloumbes for so long, need to find the recipe and test it again,
      Will share as soon as I can
      Have a good evening !

  4. Hi Rob,
    You should add 4Tbls corn starch as you see in the video
    In the recipe is a mistake and is written 4 teaspoon.
    I followed the written recipe and mine also did not set as it should. I still like Heghineh’s videos and teaching.

  5. Hi Heghineh.
    I just made this dessert and it was Amazing! I have to say you nailed this recipe as it was just what I was looking for. I added rose petals on top to make it look even more pretty! My wife and kids loved it. If you want me to send you a picture I am happy to send it or check it out on my instagram @fraz7860. The orange blossom and rose syrup is what made the difference (even though it was really hard to find the orange blossom syrup here in the UK – I used orange blossom water and made the syrup myself). Do you have any more recipes with orange blossom water or syrup as its my new favourite thing 🙂 – its got this heavenly taste and I now use it as a ‘secret’ ingredient haha

    • Hello dear,
      I’m so glad you liked it, and I’m surprised how you managed to make your own syrup, well done.
      If you can tag me on your ig post, I’ll be happy to take a look at your dessert.
      I do have a few baklava recipes where I use orange blossom to make sugar syrup.
      Thank you so much for trying and letting me know, I appreciate it!

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