Qatiaf (Middle Eastern Dessert)

20160705_221813-2Eid mubarak y’all. It’s been 5 years since I was a newlywed-a little less since I have been posting as one. I think its safe to say I have at least progressed in some areas, cooking perhaps …I now share a more experienced recipe for Qatiaf and one that is 10x more delicious than Qatiaf (Pancake Pockets with Walnut Filling), although the technicalities are the same and if you would like, can use the original post as a picture reference for such. Thank you to my FIL and MIL for the recipe:

DOUGH

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/8 of t. salt
  • 2 T of sugar
  • 1/2 t. yeast
  • 3 T. of dried milk (or 1 c. regular milk)
  • 3 c. water at room temperature (or 2 c. water if using regular milk instead of dried milk)

MIX EVERYTHING TOGETHER VERY WELL AND LET SIT OUT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS

ADD THE FOLLOWING RIGHT BEFORE THROWING THE BATTER ON TO THE SKILLET TO MAKE YOUR PANCAKES:

  • 1 t. baking soda

FILLING (Two types)

COMBINE THE FOLLOWING

  • 3 c. walnuts crushed
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 t. rosewater or orange blossom water
  • 1 T. cinnamon

 and/or

  • Akkawi (جبن عكاوي) cheese (soak in water the night before to remove the saltiness)
  • or sweet cheese
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1 t. rose or orange blossom water

SIMPLE SYRUP

  • 2 c sugar
  • 1.25-1.5 c. water

BOIL UNTIL MELTED TOGETHER AND AS SOON AS YOU TURN OFF THE HEAT ADD THE FOLLOWING:

  • A couple squirts of lemon
  • 1 t. of orange blossom water

ONCE YOUR POCKETS ARE FORMED AROUND THE FILLING AND YOUR SIMPLE SYRUP IS PREPARED YOU ARE ALMOST READY TO SERVE:

FRY BOTH SIDES OF YOUR POCKETS IN A BIT OF CORN OIL OR BRUSH BOTH SIDES WITH BUTTER AND BAKE, WHEN BROWNED DIP INTO YOUR SYRUP AND SERVE IMMEDIATELY

*SPOILER ALERT* I found this to taste like a perfectly toasted marshmallow or a fresh from the fryer funnel cake with powdered sugar. Too good.

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Miss Corrigan’s Year in Review

Its my birthday today.  My dad asked,  “Do you feel old? ” No, I responded with a sincere smile. This year I turned 32.

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Last summer my sister got married in a garden under clouds bursting at the seams with a heavy rainstorm. The drops only began to fall right after the vows were said. It was as if the sky was holding its breath.

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In the middle of winter, another wedding-the brother in law happily finds his wife. This sparks a first for me; a wonderful rip from the drain of the 9 to 5 life to arrive on the other side of the world, Arabia, no less. MashAllah, Alhumdulilah.

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All of this on a smooth ticking thyroid thanks to last spring’s diagnosis and corresponding daily dose of Levothyroxine. Thank you science.

In fall, our sweet Buddy died. 

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Life is short and fleeting and love transcends time and space. Happy birthday to one who is young like a dandelion right before it turns to bones and  is sent through space on a wish.

Bye Buddy Whiskers. We miss you.

Extend Yogurt

Ingredients

Milk (About a gallon, but you may use any amount)

Half a carton of plain yogurt (About 8-16oz)

Directions

Slowly bring milk to a light boil

Turn heat off and let cool (If you can stick your finger in the milk to the count of 11, it should be cool enough)

Vigorously mix the yogurt into the milk

Let the yogurt sit out under a blanket for at least 12 hours

Refrigerate and serve!