Qatayef Recipe

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  1. To make the batter Stir the sugar and yeast into the warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes, until foamy. Combine the whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and salt. Add the yeast mixture, mix well, and let sit in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  2. To make the filling Combine the walnuts, goat cheese, honey, and orange-blossom water.
  3. To make the syrup Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, and heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Add the corn syrup and cinnamon and continue to cook, stirring, until thickened, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the orange-blossom water.
  4. To cook Butter a large griddle, and set it over low heat. Fill a frying pan with 1 inch of oil, and set it over medium heat. Line plates with paper towels for draining the fried cakes.
  5. Drop a small piece of bread into the oil; when it browns, the oil is ready for frying. Pour the batter onto the buttered griddle in 4- to 5-inch round cakes. When bubbles form in the tops of the cakes, transfer the cakes to a plate (do not flip them). Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of the walnut-cheese filling on each cake, on the uncooked side. Fold the cake in half and press the edges together to seal.
  6. Drop the cakes into the hot oil in the frying pan. Fry the cakes for 15 to 20 seconds, or until golden on one side, then flip them and cook until the other side is golden. Drain on paper towels.
  7. To serve Transfer the cakes to serving plates, and serve with the syrup.
  8. VariationPalestinian Coconut Qatayef Replace the goat cheese with unsweetened shredded coconut and the orange-blossom water with lemon juice.
  9. Recipe excerpted from A World of Cake (c) 2010 by Krystina Castella, used with permission from Storey Publishing.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 467.19 Kcal (1956 kJ)
Calories from fat 146.83 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.31g 25%
Cholesterol 24.84mg 8%
Sodium 130.5mg 5%
Potassium 125.81mg 3%
Total Carbs 69.42g 23%
Sugars 36.35g 145%
Dietary Fiber 1.87g 7%
Protein 13.78g 28%
Vitamin C 1.8mg 3%
Iron 3.3mg 18%
Calcium 236.4mg 24%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 292.49 Kcal (1225 kJ)
Calories from fat 91.93 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.21g 25%
Cholesterol 15.55mg 8%
Sodium 81.7mg 5%
Potassium 78.77mg 3%
Total Carbs 43.46g 23%
Sugars 22.76g 145%
Dietary Fiber 1.17g 7%
Protein 8.63g 28%
Vitamin C 1.1mg 3%
Iron 2.1mg 18%
Calcium 148mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 10.3
  • 13

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol

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