Qatayef - Arabic Pancakes

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A delicious cheese or nut filled dessert that is great for a dinner party. Not only is it delicious, but it is extremely easy to make. You will amaze your guests and have them believing you are a professional chef even if you're not.

"Arabic Pancakes"

Qatayef is a Middle Eastern dessert. Traditionally, it is served only during Ramadan, and often referred to as "Arabic Pancakes". It is a sweet and yummy dessert filled with either cheese or nuts and then deep fried. Your friends and family will be completely surprised when you serve this at your next dinner party. They will be even more surprised when you tell them you made it yourself.


1/2 teaspoon instant active dry yeast
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

For nut filling:
1 cups walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon orange blossom water (optional)

For Cheese Filling:
8 oz. ricotta cheese (grated mozzarealla can be substituted)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice or grated lemon peel

2 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups light corn syrup
1/4 cup orange blossom or rose water
1/3 cup warm water


Pancake Mix

Dissolve yeast and sugar in water and set aside to rest for 10 minutes, or until the yeast proofs (becomes frothy).

In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Then add the proofed yeast mixture . Combine well, cover, and allow to sit in a warm area for 30-45 minutes.


While pancake mix is proofing, prepare filling. In a small bowl, mix walnuts with sugar. Add orange blossom water if desired. Cover and set aside.

If you're making cheese filled qatayef, then In a small bowl, mix cheese with sugar. Add lemon juice and mix well, either by hand or in blender or processor. Cover and set aside.


To Make the Syrup

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, add orange blossom or rose water. Stir well to prevent sticking. Once all of the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and set it aside until ready to use.

To Make the Pancakes

Preheat griddle or frying pan to medium high heat. Spray with non stick cooking spray to keep from sticking. Using a ladle, make a five inch pancake with the batter. Once the batter begins to bubble on top, remove pancake from griddle and set aside.

Do not flip, you are only cooking one side. Your pancakes should look similar to the one in the image. Repeat until all batter has been used.

Preheat 1 inch of oil in a frying pan to medium high heat. While oil is heating, take one 1 tablespoon of filling* and place it on top of the uncooked side of the pancake.
Fold the pancake in half and seal edges by pressing together.
Repeat with remaining pancakes and filling.
Place filled pancakes in the heated oil and fry on each side until a light golden brown color (about 15-30 second each side).
Place on a towel lined plate to remove any excess oil.

* You fill the qatayef and fry them the same for both the nut and cheese filling.

Serving Recommedations

Once you have fried all of the pancakes, arrange for display and drizzle syrup generously over qatayef and serve. Qatayef can be served both warm or cold depending on your preference. Hope you enjoy!! Let me know if you like them!!

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Pakistani Donut Holes
Easy Bake 30 Min Greek Chicken


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author avatar Songbird B
4th Apr 2011 (#)

A well deserved Star Page, Dafeenah...These sound wonderful....thank you for sharing...

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author avatar joan marie
4th Apr 2011 (#)

I just ate and I am hungry again. I would like to try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Apr 2011 (#)

I love authentic foreign recipes.

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author avatar Cooking-varieties
9th Apr 2011 (#)

salam Dafeenah, looks delicious, can i post this recipe of yours in my beautiful blog..i will pit your name and wikinut to it. thanks here's my blog...

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author avatar Cooking-varieties
9th Apr 2011 (#)

sorry Dafnah, i meant i will put your name and wikinut in the recipe or as you suggest fit

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author avatar Dafeenah
4th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks guys. I do too Mark. Luckily I have lived in many places and friends from almost every continent so I have learned to cook a wide variety of foods. I am always on the look out for new recipes.

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author avatar ppruel
4th Apr 2011 (#)

I bookmarked this page for future use. I might try the pancake - I guess I can prepare the recipe. Interesting share. Congrats.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
4th Apr 2011 (#)

Everyone has already stolen all my fire. I have got to try these.

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author avatar Greenfaol
4th Apr 2011 (#)

These look and sound amazing! And pancakes just seem right at this time of year. i'd probably opt for golden syrup - pre-made. Love taht stuff :D

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author avatar Denise O
4th Apr 2011 (#)

Dafeenah , what a wonderful page. Ditto on what every one else has written. It looks delicious and sound delicious. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing my friend.:)

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author avatar J A Ridley
3rd Jul 2011 (#)


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author avatar Tammie
19th Jul 2012 (#)

my husband is Arabic his mother taught me how to make these for Ramadan, except for the nut filling we used chopped walnuts, sweetened coconut flakes and cinnamon, and some times we fried them and other times we baked them, we also dipped the cakes into the pot of hot syrup rather then pour over them, just another idea for those who like to experiment

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author avatar Sabrina
19th Feb 2013 (#)

c 'est très bonne j'adore les pancakes

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