Aishel Saraya

Middle Eastern desserts have a special place in my heart. They’re just so delicious! And this Aishel Saraya is one of my favorites. It’s what I would call a Middle Eastern bread pudding. The term “Aishel Saraya” literally translates to Palace Bread in Arabic. So this is a dessert fit for kings, and you deserve to have it. It’s super easy to make!


6 pieces of square loaf bread
1 cup of sugar syrup (recipe below)
4 cups of fresh milk
6 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. orange blossom water
½ cup rose water
½ cup pistachios, finely grinded

Sugar syrup (1cup)

1 cup sugar
½ cup water
2tsp. lemon juice
2tbsp. orange blossom water

Boil sugar & water together then turn off the fire and add lemon juice and orange blossom water.

Put it aside to cool.


Remove the brown edges of the square bread loaf and place them at the bottom of glass presentation tray, size (30x20cm). Drizzle all the sugar syrup equally over the bread till it is all absorbed. Boil the milk with cornstarch with constant whisking till the mixture thickens. Turn off the fire then add orange blossom and rose water while whisking. Place the mixture over the bread spreading evenly then put the tray in the fridge till it gets stiff. Sprinkle the pistachios on each plate just before eating. 

Serve cold.   


You can use brown bread since it is rich with fibers.