Ataif (Arab Filled Pancakes)

Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr

Extremely sweet, rich, and delicious sweets for anyone who loves baklava and pancakes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dissolve yeast in sugar and 1/2 cup of water. let it froth for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast mixture and remaining water gradually.
  3. Beat vigorously into a creamy lump-free batter.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for an hour.
  5. To make the syrup, bring the water to a boil with sugar and lemon juice. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the rose water and simmer for a few more seconds. Allow to cool.
  6. Heat an oiled skillet until it is very hot. Reduce the heat to medium.
  7. Pour a half ladle of batter into the skillet, allowing it to spread. fry only one side of the pancake. when little holes appear, lift them out and set them on a platter to be stuffed.
  8. Put a heaping tablespoon of stuffing in the middle of each pancake. fold in half and pinch the edges tightly to allow no filling to escape.
  9. Deep fry a few at a time in medium hot oil about 1 inch deep. Remove when they turn pale brown.
  10. Drain on paper towels. Dip, while hot, in the syrup. pour the remaining syrup over the top of all of them and serve either hot or cold.


Most Helpful

This recipe is excellent! I reposted it on my blog and attached a link to this site.

MyIslamicLife August 16, 2010

These were delicious! Be warned though: they are very rich and sweet. Also, be careful not to cook too long at the beginning, or you won't be able to fold them.

Simba7 April 20, 2008

I am sitting here eating the Ataif, trying to find the words to describe the sweet goodness in my mouth. Nothing comes to mind except yum. Anyone who enjoys Middle Eastern food should love this delicious treat. The only thing I did differently was use 2 tbsp sugar & 2 tbsp brown sugar in the stuffing. I also used orange blossom water instead of rose water in the syrup.

Nasseh April 19, 2008

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