6 Dec

Qatayef is an Arabic dessert made from a simple dough batter. It is prepared on holidays. And specially on Eid el Berbara. And it is similar and cooked like pancakes. Filled with either cream, Ashta, and served with sugar syrup (Qater), or a mixture of walnuts, sugar and orange blossom water, this one could also be deep-fried.

We made a batch at home, this past weekend, and filled them with Ashta and a mixture of walnuts. The cooked doughs were so delicious, I ate few plain qatayef, without any filling. Since I love doughs, I couldn’t just look at them and fill them, I had to eat few pieces. So delicious…they were fluffy, light and soft.

Preparing the batter is so easy, and takes no time. And cooking the Qatayef is a fun thing to do.


– 2 cups cake flour

– 2 cups water (or more until the batter is runny)

– 1 tsp powdered milk

– 1 tsp sugar

– 1 tsp instant dried yeast

– 3/4 tsp mahlab

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined. The batter should be runny. Cover with a warm cloth and let it rest for 2 hours to rise, you’ll see bubbles at the top of the batter.

Then heat a large frying pan, slightly brushed with oil and drop, like you do for pancakes, small dollops and fry on one side only, until the bubbles are dried out without flipping on the other side.

When tiny bubbles form on the Qatayef, then you know that the batter was a success.

Let the Qatayef cool down then fill them with either Ashta or walnut mixture.



10 Responses to “Qatayef”

  1. Fabiano Dalla Bona November 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Thank you very much. I love qatayef and your recipe is perfect. Best wishes from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    • Fragolina November 21, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      thank you so much Fabiano, i’m glad you liked the recipe. in two weeks it’s the holiday again, so we’ll bake some qatayef. 🙂

  2. ElenaSC December 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Wow! I have to try this!

    • Fragolina December 15, 2010 at 7:43 am #

      Yes, try it please and let me know the results… it’s very easy to prepare the batter, let it rest for a couple of hours and enjoy eating. 🙂 If you can also try the maacroun, they are sooo delicious…

  3. Dimah December 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    These look perfect! So yummy

  4. confettina December 7, 2010 at 6:32 am #


    • Fragolina December 8, 2010 at 7:40 am #

      yes they are delicious!!! 🙂


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