Qatayef with cheese and walnuts

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Authorbaidoone
RatingDifficultyIntermediate

Qatayef, Katayef, or Ataif (Arabic: قطايف) is an Arab dessert commonly served during the month of Ramadan. The dough could be filled with nuts, cheese, or Ashta (kind of Arabic cream). This sweet requires quite some time to prepare but it is worth it.

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time45 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time1 hr 5 mins

For the dough
 3 cups Flour
 2 tsp Yeast
 1 tbsp Baking powder
 1 cup Orange blossom water
 1 ½ cups Water
Filling (option one)
 White sweetened cheese (can be found in all supermarkets)
 pinch of cinnamon
 Sugar to taste
 1 tsp Arabic gum, grounded
Filling (option two)
 Ground pieces of walnuts
 Pinch of cinnamon
 Sugar to taste
Qatter (Sugar Water) Syrup
 1 cup Water
 2 cups Sugar
 1 tsp Lemon juice
 1 tsp Rose water
For filling option one
 Cut the white cheese into very small pieces and shred them by hand.
 Add the cinnamon; ground Arabic gum and sugar and mix.
For filling option two
 Smash the walnuts and mix them with the cinnamon and sugar together.

The dough
1

Mix the flour with the baking powder, add the yeast with water, the orange blossom water and the water until you have the consistency of a pancake dough. Let it set for about one hour, until it double volume.

2

Heat a large non stick saucepan, and place about half cup of the dough and cook from one side only, you will see on the uncooked side some bubbles formed, that means that the dough is perfect.

3

Place the cooked Qatayef on a plate until they cool down.

Filling and frying
4

Place a small amount of either fillings in the center of the Qatayef piece and fold one side towards the other and stick them together by pressing on the edges. You now have a crescent shaped Qatayef .

5

Fry (maximum 2 minutes on both sides) with butter, gee or vegetable oil (better with butter) or bake (placing a thin slice of butter over it is an option) until golden brown.

6

Dip into the sugar water syrup and remove. Serve hot.

Qatter Syrup
7

To prepare, mix all the ingredients in a pot over high heat at the stove. Stir continuously until it boils.

8

Lower heat to medium but continue to stir until the mixture thickens and the sugar is totally dissolved

Ingredients

For the dough
 3 cups Flour
 2 tsp Yeast
 1 tbsp Baking powder
 1 cup Orange blossom water
 1 ½ cups Water
Filling (option one)
 White sweetened cheese (can be found in all supermarkets)
 pinch of cinnamon
 Sugar to taste
 1 tsp Arabic gum, grounded
Filling (option two)
 Ground pieces of walnuts
 Pinch of cinnamon
 Sugar to taste
Qatter (Sugar Water) Syrup
 1 cup Water
 2 cups Sugar
 1 tsp Lemon juice
 1 tsp Rose water
For filling option one
 Cut the white cheese into very small pieces and shred them by hand.
 Add the cinnamon; ground Arabic gum and sugar and mix.
For filling option two
 Smash the walnuts and mix them with the cinnamon and sugar together.

Directions

The dough
1

Mix the flour with the baking powder, add the yeast with water, the orange blossom water and the water until you have the consistency of a pancake dough. Let it set for about one hour, until it double volume.

2

Heat a large non stick saucepan, and place about half cup of the dough and cook from one side only, you will see on the uncooked side some bubbles formed, that means that the dough is perfect.

3

Place the cooked Qatayef on a plate until they cool down.

Filling and frying
4

Place a small amount of either fillings in the center of the Qatayef piece and fold one side towards the other and stick them together by pressing on the edges. You now have a crescent shaped Qatayef .

5

Fry (maximum 2 minutes on both sides) with butter, gee or vegetable oil (better with butter) or bake (placing a thin slice of butter over it is an option) until golden brown.

6

Dip into the sugar water syrup and remove. Serve hot.

Qatter Syrup
7

To prepare, mix all the ingredients in a pot over high heat at the stove. Stir continuously until it boils.

8

Lower heat to medium but continue to stir until the mixture thickens and the sugar is totally dissolved

Qatayef with cheese and walnuts

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