Qatayef with ashta also known as Arabic stuffed pancakes are a very popular dish during the holy month of Ramadan among the Arabs and mostly the middle-eastern people.  It is a very popular Levantine dish with a really soft and creamy filling.

Serves:
4-5


Cooking Time:
20-25 Min


Equipment:

Pan, Spatula, Spoon.

Ingredients

  • Flour – 1 cup
  • Fine semolina/ rava- 1 cup(if you are using normal semolina, then just grind it and use it ).
  • Granulated sugar- 2 tbsp
  • Baking powder- 1 Tsp
  • Instant yeast – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- 1/4 Tsp
  • Warm water – 21/2 cups
  • Ground pistachio – 1/4 cup
  • Ashta- 1 1/2 cup

For ashta

  • Whole milk – 1 cup
  • Whipping cream/any other cream – 1 cup
  • White bread with edges trimmed out – 3 slices
  • Cornstarch/ corn flour/custard powder- 2 tbsp
  • Finely crushed almonds – 1 tbsp

How to Cook!

Step 1
(To prepare the cream filling/ashta)
Trim the edges of the bread and cut it into small pieces, put it into a bowl and pour the cream and milk over the bread and mix. Cover it and refrigerate for about an hour to get the bread softer and get soaked into the cream and milk. After a while take out the bread from the refrigerator and put into a pan along with almonds on medium heat and stir well. Once it starts heating up add cornflour/cornstarch/custard powder mix into the pan and keep stirring till the ashta thickens. Take it from the heat and put the ashta mix into a bowl and after it cools down a bit, cover it with saran wrap and refrigerate for it to thicken as it gets colder.
Step 2
In a bowl mix the dry ingredients well, add water and mix all of it well together and cover it and let it sit for 30 mins. In a pan over medium heat pour 2 tbsp batter and cook until its well dry and looks like a mini pancake with tiny mini holes on it.do not flip it. Make as many as you desire and keep it aside well covered so it doesn’t get too dry.
Step 3
Scoop about a teaspoon of the ashta filling in the middle of the qatayef.Pinch the edges together sealing them 2/3rds together. Dip the open side into ground pistachios. serve with some honey or any syrup you prefer (I used honey).

Let me know your review once you made this tasty Qatayef with ashta!