Preparation time:
30 minutes (+ cooling)
Cooking time:
1 hour 10 minutes


  • ½ a 375g packet Kataifi pastry, torn into short lengths
  • 100g butter, melted
  • chopped roasted pistachio nuts, to decorate


  • 2 litres milk
  • 120g fine semolina
  • 60g cornflour dissolved in 2 tbs of the milk
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 600ml thickened cream


  • 220g caster sugar
  • 250ml water
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • 1 tsp rosewater
  1. Method
  2. Notes

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Toss pastry with butter to coat.
  3. Place half on a baking tray in a thin layer (reserve remaining half to top dessert). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and crisp, tossing half way through. Cool completely.
  4. To make custard, whisk all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat until thick. Cool.
  5. Arrange cooked pastry over base of a baking dish. Pour over cooled custard and top with reserved uncooked pastry.
  6. Bake until custard is set and pastry is golden and crisp. Cool for 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, to make syrup, stir sugar, water and juice in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in orange blossom and rosewater. Cool completely.
  8. Serve slices of Asmalieh with syrup. Decorate with pistachios.

This recipe has not been tested.