Aish el Saraya ~ Lebanese Bread Pudding

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Time for the Shh Cooking Secret Challenge for this month! I am paired with Priyaakka, who runs two blogs, her ever-popular one and another evolving one – I don’t need to say how excited I am to have her as my partner. Despite being such a seasoned blogger, she is a down-to-earth humble soul, who is always willing to help. In fact, she was one of my inspirations to start blogging. Of late, since she is looking out for her career, her blogging is a little slow, still she blogs at least four times a week. Prior to this, I would suggest to just take a look at the amount of recipes, especially her breads, she has on her blog – simply mind-blowing! I wish I would have the same zest to continue cooking and blogging just like her, InShaAllah… πŸ™‚ The theme for this month was “Monsoon Treats” and the ingredients Priyakka gave me were corn flour and nuts of my choice…


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All of a sudden, the only thing that popped into my mind was this delicious and creamy Lebanese style bread pudding. One thing with Arabic sweet dishes is that they use a lot of cornflour and rice flour as thickening agent and a lot of nuts as far as garnishing is concerned. If you ask me some of my favorites, then it has to be Muhallabiah, Umm Ali and Layali Lubnan. Let me add one more to the list – and it is this one. This dessert is nothing but toasted bread topped with a creamy milk custard and lavishly sprinkled with crushed pistachios. As you enjoy the cream and chew the sugar syrup soaked toasted bread, the feeling is amazing. This dessert had the folks at home asking for more and InShaAllah, hoping to make this more frequently, as this is so easy to put together! The best part about it is that you don’t necessarily need to chill the dessert. Just allow it to come to room temperature so that the custard is a little steady, cut up your portion onto a plate, pair it with some black coffee and enjoy it while watching the rains!


So there you go – a “monsoon treat” with cornflour and nuts (pistachios) going into this one… By the way, I was just wondering, last time also I got nuts as one of the ingredients and ended up using pistachios in it as well! Hehe… Off to the recipe…


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Yes, I really couldn’t resist having a spoonful while clicking the above! πŸ˜‰


5 from 1 vote

Aish el Saraya ~ Lebanese Bread Pudding

Course Dessert
Cuisine Arabic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 8 slice of bread
  • Chopped pistachios for garnishing
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp rosewater
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • 2 1/2 tbsp corn flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp rose water
  • 1/2 tbsp orange blossom water


  • Cut the sides of the bread and layer on a 8 inch glass.
  • Bake in a preheat oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes or till toasted.
  • Meanwhile, put the sugar in a pan and sprinkle some water on it.
  • Keep it on low flame till the sugar caramelizes.
  • Pour in the water. As it boils, the caramel gets hard, but don't worry. As the water boils, it will melt in.
  • Switch off the flame and add the rose water. Allow to cool slightly and then pour over the baked bread. Allow it to soak up.
  • In a saucepan, mix the cream and a cup of the milk along with the sugar. Bring the mixture to heat.
  • In the other half of the milk, add the cornflour and mix. As the milk cream mix starts heating, add in the cornflour mixture and cook till the mixture thickens.
  • Switch off and add the rosewater and the orange blossom water.
  • Mix and pour over the bread. Cover with a cling film, allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Serve as is or after cooling it in the fridge.


You can use bread toasts (rusk) instead of baking the bread to speeden up the process.
If you don't have cream, up the quantity of milk for the equal quantity and increase the quantity of cornflour by 1 tbsp, so that you get a thicker custard.
You can serve this dessert at room temperature or after setting it further in the fridge - either way, it is delicious!

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  1. This is my fav this ..looks amazing

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  2. A very different bread pudding…love all the chopped pistachios atop.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  3. Oh I can guess how yumm it turned out. In fact it’s the same thing I n most Arabic desserts but put in different ways.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, true, all recipes look the same… hehe… thanks a lot Febina…

  4. Love to know/learn about variations in bread puddings. Looks absolutely yummy! Pistachios make everything so pretty!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak…

  5. I want it right now ????
    loved it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Please have… πŸ˜› Thanks a lot Rashida…

  6. Wat a rich looking dessert, i dont mind having a super huge slice of this lipsmacking Lebanese bread pudding..Thanks for ur kind words sis, am so honoured ma.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka for your lovely comments…

  7. Yummy pudding. Love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Beena…

  8. this looks so yummy and there is no baking needed.will try the recipe are you rafee…am back with blogging now

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ramya… Baking only for the base, but if you use rusks, you are saved from that as well…

  9. that piece of bread with fork is tempting me to have the whole big portion of it…yum

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Habeeba…

  10. YUMMMERS! this one is super good looking and the last picture with half eater – mind blowing! I loved everything about this pudding. This has been in my to-do list for sometime and I am glad you make it sound easier to make! :p It is funny that I look for recipes to use up my Orange Blossom Water like as though I won’t get them again! I keep forgetting I am in the GULF! LOL! I better use up those cornflour stock! going to try this sometime soon!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I totally love this pudding… Do try it if you still have your Orange Blossom water… πŸ˜› Thank you so much dear…

      1. I just done making this now. I used the almarai small canned Cream that is 170g. The whole thing I was making while preparing my first batch puttu podi as per moms with parboiled rice! Thought this is a breeze but when it came to the cream part, I just went ahead and dumped all of the can! πŸ˜› Just going to layer the pudding with pistachios and then cling wrap and hopefully ready to serve for dinner.

        1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

          Thank you so much for trying and letting me know your feedback… so happy that you and F loved it… πŸ™‚

  11. A delicious dessert…Looks so yummy

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Amrita…

  12. 5 stars
    This bread pudding looks so yummy! Love the presentation!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Divya…

  13. I love how many Arabic sweet dishes are simple to make compared to the puddings we churn out in Kerala. πŸ˜€ Thank you for the recipe. xx

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha so true… there’s is so easy yet super delicious too… Thanks a lot for coming by Nielou… πŸ™‚

  14. Rafeeda wow, the dessert looked so rich and complicated when you first posted the photo on the shhh cooking secretly group. It’s so easy to prepare and looks very delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      That’s the beauty of this dessert! Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  15. What can be used in place of orange blossom water and rose water….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      You can skip both, and add vanilla for some flavor… For authentic Arab flavors, do use at least one of it…

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