One of the most delicious Ramadan treats – even in the era where Konafa is the star- is Atayef.
The sweet pancake-style pastries, filled with nuts, chocolate or even cheese, fried into golden-brown perfection and soaked in a glorious sugar syrup is just the best.
The recent move into our new home forced me to discover a new delight: the making of the Atayef.
Normally, you’d buy your pancakes from a street vendor and fill them at home to your delight.
Being in a bit of a remote area, I had to figure out a way to actually make the dough, cook it, and then use it.
The recipe I created calls for:
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 cup + 1 tbsp AP flour
- 1 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp sugar
- a pinch of salt
The steps are pretty simple:
in a bowl, add one tbsp of the flour to 1/4 cup of water. Add the yeast and sugar and mix properly.
Set aside until the mixture starts to lightly bubble (app. 10 minutes)
Add the remaining flour , water and salt and mix well. Let it sit for another 10 minutes or so to proof.
The dough needs to be thick, yet liquid.
On a non stick, preheated surface (it can be a simple pan, here i am using my smooth surface grill though), scoop 1 tbsp at a time of the dough into a pancake-like disk.
Here I am showing you how it should look like raw, vs. cooked.
The ones on the top are already cooked, and you can see it solidify and the bubbles quite visible.
Do not flip it over or else you will ruin it.
Smoothly remove it off the hot surface and let cool.
Be careful not stack them too long on top of each other, or else you will end up with one big bobble of doughy stuff. Not yummy!
This recipe yielded 24 beautiful Atayef, that were ready to be stuffed.
Your options for stuffing vary from nuts and raisins, to nutella, chocolate or even cheese.
Once filled, close them up in a crescent shape, press really tightly around the edges and fry in hot oil or bake at 180 degrees Celsius for around half an hour.
For sweet options, have some cooled sugar syrup ready and pop your hot atayef in while they are still hot.
Here are some of the options
Nutella Atayef (deep fried + Sugar syrup)
Cheese Atayef (filled with a mixture of white cheese and dry mint and baked in the oven)