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Atayef with Whipped Cream and Pistachios

This traditional Middle Eastern dessert is a staple in our homes, especially now as we observe the month of Ramadan. We love to serve Atayef as a part of Iftar, the mealtime after sundown when we break our fast each night. The whipped cream filling and crushed pistachio topping make this recipe a superstar in our book!

Even if you don’t celebrate Ramadan, this is an incredible recipe to keep in your pocket. It is crunchy, creamy, and has the best flavor! You can make a small batch for dinner at home, or easily bring it to a party!

What is Atayef?

Atayef, also sometimes referred to as Qatayef, is a fried Arabic dessert. Its origins are in the Middle East, and the recipe dates back as early as 750 AD. This is a super common dish to serve and eat during Ramadan.

The word Atayef directly translates to the Arabic word meaning to pick up or to pluck. Which describes this recipe perfectly! These fried cones are the perfect finger foods.

What is Atayef made of?

Atayef is essentially just a delicious fried pouch or cone! The simple recipe is made up of three components:

  • the outside layer of Atayef, which is similar to a pancake!
  • the stuffing, which is usually a whipped or creamed cheese.
  • crushed nuts and simple syrup for garnish.

We love this recipe because you can get creative with the fillings and toppings. For detailed steps on how to make simple syrup check out our recipe for Atayef with Cream Cheese Filling. We have a whole list of flavor infusions you can try out!

How to make Atayef with Whipped Cream and Pistachios

Atayef really comes down to three steps. And once you break it down, it’s super simple!

First, make the Atayef

  1. Add all purpose flour, cream of wheat, yeast, sugar, baking powder, salt and sugar to a blender. Pour in room temperature water and blend it all together.
  2. When the ingredients are fully combined, add baking soda to the mix. Pulse together a few times, but be careful not to over-blend after adding the baking soda. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  3. Scoop the Atayef batter into a hot pan using a small ladle.
  4. Cook the Atayef until the top side bubbles up. It will look like a cross between a pancake and a crumpet!
  5. Cover the Atayef with a towel until you finish making the whole batch.
    • Note: Make sure that the Atayef remain covered until you finish making them. Do not skip this step! Otherwise they will dry out and you will not be able to pinch them shut.

Next, fry the Atayef

  1. Gently fold the Atayef in half, with the bubbles on the inside. Pinch the bottom half to create a cone.
  2. Place the cones in the air fryer.
  3. Spray with cooking oil set air fryer at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until golden.
  4. Remove from the air fryer and allow them to cool.

And lastly, make the whipped cream filling and stuff the Atayef

  1. Whip heavy cream using a hand mixer or stand mixer until you have whipped cream.
  2. Fill the Atayef. You can fill it by scooping the whipped cream in with a spoon, or you can use a whipped cream canister.
  3. Dip the tops of the cones in crushed pistachios.
  4. Drizzle simple syrup over the top and serve the Atayef!

What else to serve during Iftar

As we mentioned earlier in this post, Iftar is the mealtime during which we break our fast during the holy month of Ramadan. It is important to nourish your body in order to stay healthy during this month of fasting. We have compiled a list of hearty recipes that the whole family will enjoy!

  • Our Beef Kofta Meatballs really hit the spot! They are packed with protein and have veggies and herbs to go on top. It also can be hands free when you wrap it in a pita.
  • Our Egyptian Salata Baladi is the best salad for a group. The cucumbers and tomatoes are cut into small cubes, which kids LOVE! It is light and refreshing, but still packed with nutrients.
  • Our Middle Eastern Chicken and Potatoes recipe is so nourishing. It is easy to make, whether you are cooking just for immediate family or bringing a big batch to a potluck.
  • Our Shorbet Lesan El Asfour is one of our very favorites!  We grew up eating this traditional Middle Eastern orzo soup. It is so comforting and delicious!

Atayef with Whipped Cream and Pistachios

These Middle Eastern style pancakes are air fried and filled with fresh whipped cream and pistachios! They are so good, you won't miss the deep fried version!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: middle eastern
Keyword: easy atayef recipe, middle eastern pancakes, qatayef recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cream of wheat
  • 3 cups room temperature water
  • 1 tbsp regular yeast
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 cups fresh whipped cream or dairy-free whipped topping.
  • pistachios for garnish
  • honey or simple syrup

Instructions

  • Add all purpose flour, cream of wheat, yeast, sugar, baking powder, salt and sugar to a blender. Pour in water and blend it all together.
  • When the ingredients are fully combined, add baking soda to the mix. Pulse together a few times, but be careful not to over-blend after adding the baking soda. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  • Scoop the Atayef batter into a hot pan using a small ladle.
  • Cook the Atayef until the top side bubbles up. It will look like a cross between a pancake and a crumpet!
  • Cover the Atayef with a towel until you finish making the whole batch.
  • Note: Make sure that the Atayef remain covered until you finish making them. Do not skip this step! Otherwise, they will dry out and you will not be able to pinch them shut.
  • Gently fold the Atayef in half, with the bubbles on the inside. Pinch the bottom half to create a cone.
  • Place the cones in the air fryer.
  • Spray with cooking oil set air fryer at 350 degrees F for 6-8 minutes or until golden.
  • Remove from the air fryer and allow them to cool.
  • Whip heavy cream using a hand mixer or stand mixer until you have whipped cream.
  • Fill the Atayef. You can fill it by scooping the whipped cream in with a spoon, or you can use a whipped cream canister.
  • Dip the tops of the cones in crushed pistachios.
  • Drizzle simple syrup over the top and serve the Atayef!

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