Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ataif bil ashta

Recipe by:meedo

This recipe from the Middle East, we eat it especially in Ramadan or any time of the year, cause it's so tasty.

For the dough:
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cup fat free milk
1 1/2 cup water.

For the filling (ashta):
2 cups fat free milk
7 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons thick cream (qaimar which is an Iraqi cream) but you can use the regular thick cream
2 tablespoons rose water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Chopped pistachio

To make the dough:
1-Mix all the ingredient and let it rest about 40 minutes.

2- cook about 2 tablespoon of the dough mixture in a hot pan until it bubble (just cook one side).

After finishing ,let them cool then fold half round then fill them with the filling ( using a pastry bag ) then dip them in the chopped pistachios.

To make the filling:
Mix corn starch with milk and sugar then bring it to boil in a medium pan, stir until thickens, then add the rest of the ingredient.

To make the filling:
Mix corn starch with milk and sugar then bring it to boil in a medium pan, stir until thickens, then add the rest of the ingredient.

Spoon mixture into a bowel, refrigerate until cold.
Pastry bag:

qaimar (Iraqi cream):

Serve with honey or syrup.


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Arabic Bites said...

Hello rachel,
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Anonymous said...

I live in the US and I've been wanting to make this recipe except I don't know what Qaimar is and where I can find it...is it a cream made by Nestle?

Arabic Bites said...

qaimar is (thick Iraqi cream)and we use it alot in arabic gulf area ,you can substitute it with cream.
brand made qaimar (Nestle,KDD,altaj,alsaudia)
I hope that help.


Anonymous said...

Hi ladies,

I came to your site thro' Seena's. wonderful recipes from arabic cuisine. This one particularly is so beautiful. I hope to try some of your recipes soon..

runner2b said...

Great recipe! The filling looks so good. Don't you pinch the ends together all the way? Or is that a different dessert? Thanks for the post I'm totally making these.


Arabic Bites said...

Hi Latha,
Thank you for the nice comment,if you try any of our recipes don't forget to tell us what you think.

please do you will love it and make it so often ,when you make the ashta filling you pinch to the Center,and for nuts filling you pinch the ends together all the way and fry them and deep them in surype. but this is the light version.

Unknown said...

shukran, habibti!!

question: we used to make something similar to this but we fried it and then drizzled with honey....do you know what that would be or could we fry these?

(i know it's healthier not to, but when they are crispy, it's soooOO good!)

Arabic Bites said...

You're welcome.
I agree with you crispy ataif so good. you can use the same recipe & fill with nuts & fry it,drizzled with honey or syrup.

For the nuts filling try this recipe here.

I hope this help you.


Anonymous said...

awsome site...

Arabic Bites said...

Thank you :)


Unknown said...

excellent excellent give us more!!!

Arabic Bites said...

Thank you,I really appreciate your comment.

zainab :)

Anonymous said...

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Unknown said...

wooooow..what a wonderful site..this is the only arabic blog that i know.Being in UAE for a very long time, i have a bad craving for the arabic food except for that i ddono howto make them. Ur blog is brilliant. I made fatayer last week, and it was great.And made machboos too.wwwooooow.I love em.

Noor said...

Asalam Alayakum, I use qashta to fil mine! What is the Iraqi cream? Where do you get that here in KSA?

Arabic Bites said...

You can find In every supermarket in Saudi Arabia.

runner2b said...

how do you create the holes on the ataif pancake? I tried to make this recipe twice, and the problem is that the holes on the ataif pancake is too small and i feel that the ataif is not fully cooked when removed from the pan (of course the side touching the pan is cooked but even the hole side should feel dry and full of craters).

How do you solve this problem? Thank you!

Jenine said...

Hi, I tried the recipe for the ashta twice, and it came out very solid more like mhalabiyeh texture after you put in the fridge, it's impossible to pipe through a bag . did I do something wrong? I would really love to do this because ashta is one of the most important ingredient in a lot of our arabic pastries. Another question I noticed in another recipe you added ricotta instead of gaimar what is the difference? thanks in advance and really great website.

Umm Hafsa said...

As-salaam alaykum,

This looks great masha'Allaah. I live in Europe and I'm not able to buy the Iraqi cream here. Is it possible to use creme fraiche? It's quite thick too.

Jazaakuma Llaahu khayran for all these great recipes. I've learned a lot here.

Umm Hafsa

Arabic Bites said...

Umm Hafsa,

Thank you so much.
yes you can use any cream you have.

zainab :)

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