Qatiaf (Pancake Pockets with Walnut Filling)

It’s that time of year again folks, Ramadan. A time for fast and reflection for many in the world. Nutritionally, whats the advice? Don’t overeat at sundown and stay away from fried food. But sometimes, there are food needs that go beyond the advice. There is tradition.  There is a special treat now and then that simply marks the day as special and brings everyone around the table late in the evening. Laughs replace stomach growling and we forget about the troubles that once drove us apart. Can food be that powerful? I don’t know, ask someone who hasn’t eaten since 4am this morning.

RECIPE

Qatiaf

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Drop your dough like small pancakes on to the griddle. Only fry one side, so that the other is sticky. (Do not flip!)

Drop your dough like small pancakes on to the griddle. Only fry one side, so that the other is sticky. (Do not flip!)

Your pancake should look like this.

Your pancake should look like this.

Mix together walnuts, sugar, rosewater, an cinnamon for the filling.  (You can experiment according to taste. This dish also traditionally uses sweet cheese. Yum!)
Mix together walnuts, sugar, rosewater, and cinnamon for the filling. (You can experiment according to taste. This dish also traditionally uses sweet cheese. Yum!)

Pinch one edge of the pocket and fill with a small spoonful of walnuts. It should be easy to pinch close.
Pinch one edge of the pocket and fill with a small spoonful of walnuts. It should be easy to pinch close.

Pinch into a pocket. Repeat.
Pinch into a pocket. Repeat.

Fry.
Fry.

...Until it is a bit darker than an unfried Qatiaf.

…Until it is a bit darker than an unfried Qatiaf.

 

Serve with a simple syrup. The best Qatiaf are both chewy and crunchy. Enjoy and Ramadan Mubarek!

Serve with a simple syrup. The best Qatiaf are both chewy and crunchy. Enjoy and Ramadan Mubarek!

 

 

 

 

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  1. Pingback: Qatiaf (Middle Eastern Dessert) | Miss Corrigan

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