Qatayef, قطايف Servings: 34 - 36




  • 3 tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder


  • White Cheese, unsalted
  • Walnuts, with a little sugar, ground cinnamon and nutmeg


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp. orange blossom water
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice



  1. Mix the flour, semolina, sugar and baking powder.

  2. Dissolve corn starch in cold water.

  3. Gradually add the starch/water mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.  Set aside for 30 minutes.

  4. Make the syrup:  In a sauce pan, combine the sugar, water, orange blossom and lemon juice and stir until the sugar dissolves.  Bring to a boil and simmer until the syrup thickens.

  5. Heat a frying pan or griddle, Using a ladle or scoop, pour enough batter to make 3 - 5" pancakes.

  6. Cook until the pancake starts bubbling on top then remove from the pan and set aside. (cook on one side only).

  7. Fill each pancake with either the walnuts or cheese, fold it in half and press to seal the edges.

  8. Fry or bake the Qatayef.

  9. Dip into the syrup for a minute or so and serve immediately.