Lebanese Shaabiyat Dessert Recipe – Lebanese Special

These Lebanese Shaabiyat are crunchy, dreamy, sweet and absolutely DELICIOUS! These pastries are made with layers and layers of phyllo dough, then filled with a traditional homemade Lebanese Ashta cream filling.

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time40 min
  • Total Time1 hr

Lebanese Shaabiyat Dessert Ingredients :

  • 1 pack phyllo dough 16 oz, 9×14, from target
  • 3/4 cup crisco vegetable shortening melted
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup ground pistachios for garnishing

Ashta Filling:

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup corn startch +1 tbsp extra
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp orange blossom water

Sugar Syrup:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp orange blossom water
  • 1/2 tbsp rose water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

How To Make Lebanese Shaabiyat Dessert Recipe


PREPARE THE FILLING: In a medium sized pot, combine all the ingredients and mix well.


Bring to boil on medium heat while whisking almost the whole time. You do not want clumpy texture but rather a very smooth creamy texture. Once the cream thickens up very well, lower the heat and continue whisking for another minute or so.


Remove from heat and transfer the mixture to a Pyrex dish, cover with plastic wrap and let it cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. You can also cool an extra 15 min in the fridge if you have time.


While you are waiting for the Ashta to cool, prepare the sugar syrup.


In a small pot bring the sugar and water to boil. Once it starts boiling, time 5 minutes. Then add in the orange blossom water, rose water and lemon juice. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat. Let it cool at room temperature.


Once the Ashta has cooled down, you can then prepare the phyllo dough. Place the butter and shortening in a small glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and melt in the microwave for 1 minute. Do not over heat.


To prepare the phyllo dough, place a flat sheet on a board or clean kitchen counter. Brush the butter mixture on the surface of the sheet, and repeat to stack 15 sheets on top of each other.


Cut the sheet into even squares. Add a full teaspoon (normal spoon) of the Ashta mixture in the middle and fold to close. Repeat the process for the rest of the sheets.


Place the pastries in a non-stick pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes until golden brown in color.


Remove from the oven and drizzle with 1 to 1 1/4 cup of sugar syrup. You can add more to the pastry while serving, this way you don’t over sweeten it.


Spread the remaining nuts over the phyllo.