Qatari Sweet Bread with Cream: Esh Asaraya
Esh Asaraya is a popular dessert in Qatar that consists of a layer of bread soaked in sugar syrup, some whipped heavy cream, and pistachios. It’s an easy dessert to make unless you’re a bit scared of the sugar syrup. In addition to “sweet bread with cream”, I saw that Esh Asaraya has also been called a cheesecake-like dish. It is not a cheesecake per se, but with the two different layers, I do see why it can remind of one.
How did it go?
As I mentioned, it is a super simple dessert. Whipping the heavy cream doesn’t need any skill and layering the dessert itself is also a breeze. I can see that the sugar syrup can be intimidating to some people. Don’t worry – let it simmer and just be careful not to spill it on yourself (it’s hot!).
One thing I personally wasn’t a fan of – the dessert is rather calorie-rich and sweet. I’m not too much of a sweet tooth myself, so I could hardly finish one serving. The Boyfriend, however, loved it and ate two!
If you tried to make Esh Asaraya yourself, let me know how you liked it!
P.S. If you’re interested, check out my post about Qatar, as well as other recipes I tried:
Note: in the “Around the World” challenges, I try to find the most authentic recipes available. I will not make adjustments myself, other than converting the measurements and possibly giving some additional tips in the steps. This way, you’ll get the same traditional experience when trying yourself! 🙂