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RITZ Ashta Sweet Cream Bites

RITZ Ashta Sweet Cream Bites

Prep time20 min
Total time5hr 20min
ServingsMakes 4 servings, 5 topped crackers each.
  • 3 slices American-style (soft) white bread, crusts removed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. rose water
  • 20 RITZ Crackers
  • 2 Tbsp. 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 cornstarch until blended. 
  • Add dissolved cornstarch 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 favorite fruits, such as raspberries, blueberries or sliced peaches.  Or, use it as a dessert topping or filling for your favorite 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 or clotted cream 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*
Total fat 7g 
   Saturated fat 2g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol <5mg 
Sodium 160mg 
Carbohydrate 15g 
   Dietary fiber <1g 
   Total sugars 4g 
   Added sugars 2g 
Protein 3g 
Vitamin A2 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Vitamin D2 %DV
Calcium6 %DV
Iron4 %DV
Potassium2 %DV

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