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Middle Eastern Dessert; Shaabiyat

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 shells
Calories: 320.4kcal
Author: Amira
A delicate Lebanese dessert made easier with puff pastry and filled with cream with a drizzle of syrup.
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For garnishing:

  • Ground pistachios.

For the simple syrup

  • 2 cup sugar.
  • 1 cup water.
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice.

For flavoring the syrup:

  • Vanilla extract, cinnamon stick, orange blossom water, rose water or any extract of your choice.


  • Start by making the simple syrup by adding all the ingredients stirring well over medium heat until it thickens, let it cool to room temperature.
  • Prepare the ashta cream filling.
  • Bake your puff pastry according to package directions.
  • Drizzle with simple syrup while hot.
  • Now with a sharp knife cut each cup in half and fill in between with approximately a tablespoon of the Ashta cream, then replace the top part again.
  • Top the whole thing with another tablespoon of the Ashta and garnish with some crushed pistachios.
  • Serve and ... Enjoy!!


Note1: I've used two packets of puff pastry shells each containing 6 shells.
Note2: For the Ashta recipe, you might want to add a tablespoon of sugar to sweeten it as the recipe mentioned does not have sugar. This is mainly due the fact that Ashta is always used in dessert recipes heavily dunked in simple syrup.
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Calories: 320.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.6g | Protein: 6.2g | Fat: 16.2g | Cholesterol: 23.9mg | Sodium: 320.8mg | Potassium: 61.3mg | Sugar: 19.7g | Vitamin A: 3.1IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 4.4mg | Iron: 9.8mg

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