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.

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!