RITZ Ashta Sweet Cream Bites

RITZ Ashta Sweet Cream Bites

Prep time20 min
Total time5hr 20min
ServingsMakes 4 servings, 5 topped crackers (50 g) each.
  • 3 slices soft white sandwich bread, crusts removed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 
  • 2 cups homogenized milk (3.25%)
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 tsp. rose water
  • 20 Ritz Crackers
  • 2 Tbsp. shelled shelled pistachios, finely chopped 
  • Small dried rose petals
  • Place bread cubes in large bowl.  Add milk; stir to evenly soak bread cubes with milk.  Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours. 
  • Spoon bread mixture into large saucepan; stir in sugar. Cook on medium heat 3 to 4 min. or until heated through, stirring frequently.  Meanwhile, mix water and corn starch until blended. 
  • Add dissolved corn starch to ashta (bread mixture) in saucepan; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until thickened. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in rose water.
  • Pour ashta through fine-mesh strainer into medium bowl, pressing solids through strainer to remove any lumps.  Refrigerate ashta 1 hour or until chilled.
  • Spoon 1/2 cup ashta evenly onto crackers just before serving; top with nuts and rose petals.  Store remaining ashta in refrigerator up to 3 days before using as desired. 
Recipe Tips
  • Dried Rose Petals
    Be sure to use edible rose petals that are sold for cooking or tea making.   Look for them in Middle Eastern markets, health food stores or tea shops.
  • How to Use the Leftover Ashta
    Serve the remaining unused ashta topped with your favourite fruits, such as raspberries, blueberries or sliced peaches.  Or, use it as a dessert topping or filling for your favourite pastry. 
  • Variations
    Substitute orange blossom water or vanilla for the rose water. Or, top the ashta-topped crackers with rose jam or any other red jam instead of the rose petals. Or for a shortcut, you can substitute mascarpone cheese for the ashta. Stir in a few drops of rose water or orange blossom water before using to top the crackers.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Fat 7g 
   Saturated 1.5g 
Cholesterol 0mg 
Sodium 160mg 
Carbohydrate 15g 
   Dietary fiber 1g 
   Sugars 4g 
Protein 3g 
Calcium5 %DV
Iron5 %DV
Potassium2 %DV

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