Ushta

Ushta

Clotted cream

By
From
The Complete Middle Eastern Cookbook
Makes
375 g
Photographer
Alan Benson

Where buffalo milk is available in the Middle East you will find ushta. The rich milk is boiled and left to stand until the cream on the top becomes solid. It is so thick it can be cut with a knife. The cream is enjoyed with certain pastries, used as a filling for pancakes (’ataif,) as it does not melt on heating, or enjoyed on its own with sweet preserves or honey.

As the flavour of the genuine ushta is rather strong, it is an acquired taste. This version uses dried cow’s milk to make the flavour more widely acceptable. If you have access to rich milk fresh from the cow, it is possible to make clotted cream; Devonshire cream is a good substitute where available.

Ushta (sometimes transliterated as kishta with a deep guttural sound for the ‘k’) is the Arabic name for the region covered in this chapter. In Turkey it is known as kaymak, and in Iraq, gaimer.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g full-cream powdered milk

Method

  1. Thoroughly combine the powdered milk with 625 ml water, beating if necessary to break up lumps.
  2. Pour the mixture into a heavy-based 23 cm frying pan, preferably one with a non-stick coating, so the milk will not scorch. Place over medium–low heat and bring slowly to a gentle simmer — do not allow to boil.
  3. When a skin forms on the top, pull it to one side of the pan with a large spoon. Lift the skin out, pouring any liquid in the spoon back into the pan. Place the skin in a bowl.
  4. Every 10 minutes or so, for the next 2–2½ hours, remove the skin as it forms. At the end, only a thin layer of thick milk will remain in the pan. This may be discarded or used in cooking.
  5. Process the collected cream in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Pour back into the bowl and chill thoroughly. The cream sets solidly and, if kept covered, will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week or more. Use as directed in recipes, or with stewed fruits and desserts.
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