Qatayef (Pancake)


3/4 teaspoon dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
Pinch of salt corn or vegetable oil for frying
Pour batter into frying pan and make in a similar way to making pancakes, or buy ready made from Middle Eastern food markets.

Cheese filling

White sweetened cheese
Pinch of cinnamon
Sugar to taste
Ground teaspoon of Arabic gum.

Nut filling

1/2 lb. walnuts, chopped
3 to 4 teaspoons of sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Syrup composition

2 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon orange flower water
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon rose water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Stir continuously until it boils. Continue to stir until the mixture thickens and the sugar is totally dissolved.

Place a small amount of either one of the fillings in the center of the Qatayef (pancake) and fold one side towards the other and stick them together by pressing on the sides. You now have a crescent shaped pancake. Fry or bake until golden brown on both sides. Dip into the sugar water and remove. Serve hot.