overhead photo of a gray background with two plates on top one filled with orange half moon shaped sweet pancakes and the next with cream colored small pancakes stuffed with cream and garnished with green pistachio

Sweet Pancakes with clotted cream aka Qatayef (Atayef)

Sweet Pancakes with clotted cream or cinnimon spiced walnuts soaked in simple syrup

Course Dessert
Cuisine Arab, Middle Eastern
Keyword atayef, atayef recipe, baklava, basbousa, dessert, qatayef, qatayef recipe, ramadan dessert
Author Nadia Hubbi


  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbs sugar


  1. Add all ingredients into a blender starting with the water
  2. Let it rest for 1 hour
  3. Heat a griddle or pan and when hot pour less then 1/4 cup directly onto the pan. Do NOT use any pam spray, butter or oil.
  4. Do NOT flip over. Must be cooked on one side. Once it bubbles and completely cooks remove from pan
  5. Wait 20 seconds before covering it with a towel so it does not dry out
  6. Version #1
  7. Stuff it with cream (see below), garnish with pistachio and drizzle simple syrup (see below)

  8. Version #2
  9. Stuff it with either cheese filling (see below) or walnut filling (see below)

  10. Close it into a semi circle shape
  11. Fry it until golden brown (longer if you like it crispier)
  12. While hot, immediately soak it in simple syrup (see below)

  13. Serve while hot