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    3 hrs 5 mins

    3 hrs

    5 mins

    Um Safia's Note:

    Ataif / Atayif are famous throughout the Arab world & are eaten most often during Ramadan. They are a little fiddly & time consuming to make but are certainly worth it! This recipe is an old one but very similar to the version Arabic Bites blog : - take a look at the step by step pictures :)

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    For the dough

    For the filling (ishta)


    1. 1
      To make the filling:.
    2. 2
      Mix corn flour gradually with milk and sugar then bring it to boil in a medium sized, heavy bottomed pan.
    3. 3
      Stir continually until the mixture thickens, add the remaining ingredients & remove from heat. Spoon mixture into a bowl & refrigerate until cold.
    4. 4
      To make the dough:.
    5. 5
      Mix all the ingredients and allow to sit for 30-40 minutes.
    6. 6
      Ladle approximately 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time onto a lightly greased, hot frying pan / skillet & cook until full of bubbles - only cook ONE side.
    7. 7
      After cooking all of the pancakes, let them cool a little.
    8. 8
      To assemble, gently fold in half & pinch the bottom half edge together - so that you have an opening to place the cream but the rest is sealed.
    9. 9
      Using a piping bag, fill each pancake with the cooled cream (ishta), before dipping the open ends in the chopped pistachios.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 06, 2011


      Now, I usually buy my atayif rounds from a local middle eastern market, but never again. I also put a tsp of walnut, brown sugar, and cinnamon on each round , closing them completely and deep frying then until golden. Then I dump them into cold simple syrup. Remove and allow to cool. And the ishta is very good, some times I leave out the sugar and serve it with basbousa or baklava . These are really great recipes and I thank you for the post, shokran jazeelan.

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    • on September 01, 2011

      I used Katayif- the Easy Way for the batter. I had some trouble with consistency of the ishta but I think it was due to using tapioca starch in place of corn starch (we are corn free) which I am finding doesn't always work well. Maybe I will try the ishta again sometime using corn starch to gift.

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    Nutritional Facts for Ataif / Atayif Bil Ishta -- Arab Pancakes Filled With Cream.

    Serving Size: 1 (1787 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 108.0
    Calories from Fat 28
    Total Fat 3.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 3.1 mg
    Sodium 22.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    Sugars 2.6 g
    Protein 3.6 g

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