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Ultimate Arabian Sweet Cheese Pancakes: Fluffy Qatayef Asafiri Recipe

Ready to flip your pancake game upside down? These Arabian Qatayef Asafiri pancakes are the bomb! They’re fluffy, aromatic, and bursting with sweet cheese and ground pistachios. Get ready to impress your taste buds with this delightful twist on a classic.


Ingredients You’ll Need:


  • 1 Honey (Yep, just one!)



Baking & Spices:

  • 1/2 tsp Active dried yeast
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cardamom
  • 1/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp Sugar (It’s not a typo!)


Nuts & Seeds:

  • 1/3 cup Ground pistachios


Dairy Delights:

  • 2 cups Farmers or ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups Milk
  • 1/4 cup Plain yogurt



  • 1/2 tsp Rose water
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Orange blossom water



Instructions for Pancake Perfection:

  1. Mix the active dried yeast with warm water and let it party for a bit until it bubbles up—like a science experiment, but tastier.
  2. In a bowl, dance together the flour, baking powder, ground cardamom, granulated sugar, and that extra tablespoon of sugar. Whisk it like you mean it.
  3. Slowly pour in the yeast mixture while stirring. Keep stirring until it’s a smooth batter. Let it chill for an hour, so it can rise and shine.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare your sweet cheese filling. Mix the ricotta or farmers’ cheese with the ground pistachios, milk, plain yogurt, rose water, and orange blossom water. Blend until it’s a creamy dream.
  5. Now, back to the batter. Heat up a non-stick pan or griddle on medium heat. Pour small dollops of batter to form mini pancakes. Once bubbles start showing up, flip those beauties!
  6. When they’re golden on both sides, remove from the heat and let them cool for a hot minute.
  7. Time to stuff! Take each pancake and spoon a generous amount of the sweet cheese filling in the center. Fold them over, giving them a little hug to seal the deal.
  8. Serve these little pockets of joy warm, and if you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle some extra ground pistachios on top.


Now, get ready for the compliments because you just nailed a sweet cheese pancake extravaganza!”

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