8 Serves 30 minutes (+ cooling) prep 1 hour 10 minutes cook


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. 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.