Pancakes with clotted cream and cherry sauce
June 16, 2010 • Category: Sweet Pastries, Dessert
Atayef are the equivalent of American pancakes; they contain no eggs; they are only cooked on one side; stuffed with either nuts or cream or cheese; served with a flavored syrup.
Atayef are considered a dessert, not a breakfast food; in Beirut, there are shops where people order these; you can get the clotted cream or ashta there and the syrup as well. They are the traditional pastries that are served during Ramadan.
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup fine semolina
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon of dry yeast
- 1 Tablespoon of dry milk powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon of sugar
- Proof the yeast by combining it with 1/4 cup of warm water, a teaspoon of sugar; place in a warm place and let it foam.
- In a small bowl, sift the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda; mix with a wire whisk.
- Pour one cup of warm water into a bowl; add the powdered milk and stir to combine well.
- Mix with the wire whisk; add the flour mixture and stir; the consistency should be a little thicker than a crêpe batter. If the batter is too thick, add a little water.
- Heat a crêpe or pancake nonstick skillet till very hot; grease it with a half teaspoon of oil or spray it; place the equivalent of 1/4 cup of batter in the skillet to form a circle. Let it cook for a few minutes on one side; when it has formed little bubbles and it looks dry, take it out onto a plate. Do not flip it.
- As soon as all the atayefs are cooked, fill them with some ashta (cream), a bit of cherry coulis, pinching on one end to form a spoon shape and place in a serving platter; serve right away or within one hour.
To make the ashta or cream: click here or substitute ricotta, sweetened with sugar to taste.
To make the cherry sauce:
- I used a can of sour cherry jam, some fresh cherries deseeded and a tablespoon of starch (corn or wheat); bring to a simmer and stir until the mixture is thickened, about 3 minutes; cool and serve.
- Substitute: red currant jam with some fresh or frozen cherries.
74 Comments • Comments Feed
Angie's Recipes says:
Eggless pancakes! I must try! Still like them loaded with fresh seasonal fruit and Crème fraîche.
On June 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm
This looks delicious and thr sour cherry jam is one of my favorites.
On June 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Lentil Breakdown says:
This reminds me of a crepe or a blintz. Delish, whichever the nationality!
On June 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Delicious and beautiful pancakes, makes me drool..
On June 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm
Looks like you’re having a great time eating all Beirut has to offer. Clotted cream – drool…Looking so happy and gorgeous in the pic from the last post too!
On June 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm
A Canadian Foodie says:
Every country has a crepe…. and i love to learn about them all… some are better than others – but how could you go wrong with clotted cream?
On June 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm
I love the cute spoon shape created by the pinch on one end. They look delicious with the cream and cherries…what a delightful dessert!
On June 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm
clotted cream and eggless pancakes…oh how interesting…love the pic
On June 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm
Wow, to die for!
On June 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm
trop mignon ta recette, elle à l’air délicieuse, belle réalisation que j’aime beaucoup, merci joumana pour le partage.bisou
On June 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm
I have been trying to see if I could make something like pancakes without eggs. I never knew about these. These are way cuter tiny bites with the awesome cherry sauce!! Bookmarked. One lazy weekend this is going to happen 🙂
On June 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm
I would love to try this, it makes it so elegant with the clotted cream. Nice looking dessert. Did you add some cherries that you got at the farmer’s market?
On June 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm
@Lyndsey: I sure did! We ate all the really big and juicy ones and I used the leftovers!
On June 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm
john smith says:
that looks tasty!
On June 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm
wow these look great will make for my mum in law as she doesn’t eat eggs
On June 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm
This is a perfect party dessert, incredibly tasty, I have been skeptical about making this dough, so I always buy it from a Mediterranean pastry shop. This is upscale dessert that never fails to impress, it is the easiest flavorful recipe I came across, I especially like how you used cherry jam instead of the maraschino cherry, I would also sprinkle chopped pistachios on top.This recipe is highly recommended, Joumana, you are awesome!!!!!!!
On June 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm
yes… I love any kind of dish with sour cherries… this looks too easy to make and great flavor for the effort… interesting to have a pancake without egg!
On June 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm
Eggless pancakes? Sounds like something I will have to try. These look luscious topped with the sour cherry sauce — and I love the small size! The clotted cream gives a bit of elegance and sophistication too.
On June 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm
Magnifique et délicieux! J’adore, surtout avec la confiture de cerises!
On June 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm
I would eat it for both dessert and breakfast, it just too delicious to skip. Clotted cream is my favorite.
On June 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm
These would be tasty any time of day.
On June 16, 2010 at 10:16 pm
THIS is what they serve at high tea instead of scones!! I love the idea of a pancake filled with clotted cream and beautiful cherry heaven. Gorgeous photos too!
On June 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm
Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:
How interesting. These would be wonderful ‘bites’ at a party.
On June 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm
a different pancake from what I’m familiar with but looks totally yummy with the creamy filling.
On June 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm
sounds like a perfect b’fast to me!
to answer your question abt. almond flour – i think its the same as almond meal, i picked it up from the local supermkt.
On June 16, 2010 at 11:56 pm
the texxture lokks really light and smooth ….wonderful pancakes
On June 17, 2010 at 12:11 am
Love them!! My favorite dessert!!
On June 17, 2010 at 1:21 am
Using cake flour for the atayef must give it a much different texture than hotcakes. I know I would enjoy this, especially if it’s stuffed with either nuts or cream or cheese. Also like the idea of not using eggs.
On June 17, 2010 at 1:45 am
This is like Wow!!!! I love pancakes with clotted cream and cherry sauce and strawberry sauce. A delicious breakfast 🙂
On June 17, 2010 at 3:13 am
j’en ai déjà fait et je trouve ça excellent
On June 17, 2010 at 4:33 am
I suppose if they are pancake-LIKE then I can have them for breakfast…right? Those fillings look delicious, especially the cherry jam!
On June 17, 2010 at 4:44 am
Thank you so much for sharing this! I think I’ve had these in the Middle East — they were very small pancakes stuffed with cream or nut filling and soaked in a sugar syrup. I’ve been dying to make them but haven’t found a good recipe…now that I have yours I’m going to be making these soon! 🙂
On June 17, 2010 at 5:14 am
love the clicks they looks so beautiful and nice:and soft 🙂
On June 17, 2010 at 5:52 am
I love atayef but always had it with rose jam ;.. interesting it seems with cherry jam Joumana!
On June 17, 2010 at 6:36 am
Cathy at Wives with says:
What a delicious combination of flavors. Cherries are a favorite and would be wonderful with a little cream and a pancake.
On June 17, 2010 at 6:47 am
Perfect pancakes without eggs! I wanted to tell you I made the “surquij” and loved it, I made some pita bread to go with it and it was a great success, thaks again.
I also wanted to mention that down here in Chile, specially in the region were I live now, “cherimoyas” are very popular, I completely agree with you and Mark Twain, there are few fruit so delicious as this: we serve it with orange juice, a favorite dessert called “happy cherimoya” (chirimoya alegre), the orange juice enhances even more the sweetness of the cherimoya. Well, now I needd to find out how those seeds arrived here, we have a great Lebanese colony here, no wonder some of them brought the seeds or even the small trees as inmigrants used to do when travelling away from their home countries. Big hugs
On June 17, 2010 at 7:11 am
Barbara Bakes says:
Sounds like a fabulous dessert, especially with those cherries!
On June 17, 2010 at 7:15 am
these are so delicious- but tell me, arent you supposed to be relaxing in Beirut and being pampered? hope someone is cooking for you, too. x shayma
On June 17, 2010 at 8:07 am
OMG…I haven’t had breakfast yet…and your pancakes have just brought my hunger to another level.
I just bought a jar of sour cherries last week (they were on special) and I figured I’m sure to use these for something. In comes Joumana with a solution ;o)
Great recipe…I’ll try it this upcoming weekend.
Flavourful wishes, Claudia
On June 17, 2010 at 8:22 am
Oh, my mouth is “weeping” ..they look fabulous. I’m so enjoying “our” vacation in Lebanon and really look forward to reading your posts!
On June 17, 2010 at 8:56 am
sounds like a wonderful dessert – yes, i never figured out how pancakes drizzled with strawberry syrup and butter could be a breakfast! i love the ashta and the cherry sauce. very tempting click too.
On June 17, 2010 at 8:59 am
What a gorgeous dessert. I’m also appreciative of the fact that it is not hard to do. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary
On June 17, 2010 at 10:06 am
Amber @Almost Vegan says:
That looks great, especially the cherry sauce. I love that they’re bite-sized.
On June 17, 2010 at 10:46 am
i can’t help but be a tad bit disgusted by the word ‘clotted’ but this is an undeniably tasty creation. 🙂
On June 17, 2010 at 11:14 am
Oh, Joumana! I love this so much!! 🙂 Pancakes are so beautiful versatile, aren’t they? You’ve inspired me today to launch beyond the traditional. 🙂
On June 17, 2010 at 11:48 am
What fun, Joumana! Little crepes with a sweet filling….and you can just pick them up! Think I will add a touch of framboise to my cherries!
On June 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Wow, that looks so fluffy and pillowy! I would love to use this in a savory dish, even if it’s meant for dessert!
On June 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm
Cooking with Kait says:
Oh wow! These look amazing! I could eat them all day breakfast, lunch and dinner.
On June 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm
Christine @ Fresh says:
Oh these look simply divine! Fluffy thin moist pancakes. They probably would also go well with caviar.
On June 17, 2010 at 9:08 pm
These simple desserts are the best. Love sour cherries and I think now is the time to get some and make some spoon sweet.
On June 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm
Ah oui je les ai vus quelque part, mais je ne me souviens plus ou, ca ressemble un peu a un crumpet, non? j’adore les petits trous :o) hmm ta crème toute onctueuse avec les cerises me donne envie…en fait tout ce que tu fais me donne envie, un de mes défauts un est que je suis trop gourmande alors quand je viens te rendre visite, je repars toujours avec un petit creux.
On June 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm
Oui, Chef says:
These look divine, and would seem to be open to endless possibilities for stuffings or toppings. Love the creamy cheese and cherry combination…would you ever make them with savory toppings? – S
On June 18, 2010 at 7:30 am
Aysegul - nysdelight says:
I love those little pancakes especially during Ramadan! These look incredible I must def try!
On June 18, 2010 at 8:21 am
Lea Ann says:
Beautiful opening photo. I love these little pancakes. I’ve got to give them a try.
On June 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm
Je te remercie pour tas visite sa ma permise de connaitre ton merveilleux blog
merci pour le partage bisous
On June 18, 2010 at 2:23 pm
Very interesting pancakes 🙂 interesting that they are cooked on one side only. Thanks for another great idea!
On June 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm
These look fantastic. You temptress you for showing me that pic of clotted cream. Oh well at least you offered a lower fat alternative I suppose I could try it with the low fat ricotta.I tend to make ahead pancakes and freeze for busy mornings. Do these freeze well?
On June 19, 2010 at 8:54 pm
Delicious! Never seen pancakes like this before!
On June 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm
I love that these are eggless – they someho seem lighter. (Of course then you add that scrumptious clotted cream and there’s heaven). he freshness of the berries is a thing of beauty.
On June 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm
Cherries – I mean cherries- I have cherries and berries right next to me and am munching.
On June 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm
yummm, that looks like a lovely desert.
On June 25, 2010 at 1:14 am
J’avais déjà faim en arrivant sur ton blog, et là ça ne s’arrange pas! Le présentation est tellement jolie, j’aimerais beaucoup te piquer une petite part. La confiture de cerises a l’air extra!
On June 25, 2010 at 4:53 am
gula welat says:
miam j’adore ca on en fait aussi
la confiture (ma préférée les cerises griottes!) a l’air super bonne ca fait envie
On February 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm
I love it!!! With pistachio’s are soooo good!
On March 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm
I just discovered your website and tried the Ashta recipe, it turned out excellent!! Thank you.
I have 2 quick questions though,
– want to make Atayif with Ashta (open ones) and noticed that you have 1 cup fine semolina, but its not included in the directions of how to make the pancakes. Im new to making Arabic sweets!
I tired the pancake recipe yesterday and I added the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and powdered dry milk (nido); I also added the semolina then the yeast. and it turned out very thick!! I added water but I guess I didnt add enough?!
-I noticed that you have different “pancake” ingredient in different recipes you have, does it very from the Atayif that are closed and if you fry them or not?!
I hope I was clear!! =)
On August 9, 2011 at 4:46 am
@Heba: I have had that problem adding flour from recipes I have tried in the past; since the amount of flour can vary based on how you measure it etc. if it is too thick, it is fine to add water to make it looser.
The reason I have posted different recipes is simply to give options; I have tried all of them, and since they use different ingredients, (some have no egg or semolina), it can come in handy depending on what you have in your pantry that day. The ataief recipe that I fried is only with flour and so it taste bland when not fried. On the other hand, the recipe with egg is fine just baked.
On August 9, 2011 at 6:40 am
Thanks a lot Joumana!! I appreciate the fast reply 🙂 IM going to give it a try again. Can’t wait to try your other recipes also. It’s nice to finally find a website that has traditional lebanes food that actually tastes great and has simple instructions (I love the step by step pictures also!!!)
On August 9, 2011 at 7:06 am
I feel theres too much of dry ingredients and little water, are the measurements right?
On July 5, 2014 at 12:16 pm
@Len I checked the measurements if 1 1/4 cup is not sufficient, feel free to add more or add an egg (I have made these with an egg and they come out great)/ the consistency of the batter should be similar to pancakes/ not too runny.
On July 5, 2014 at 9:37 pm
I have been doing Atayef for a long time, but my recipe doesn’t call for milk, only water. What does milk add to the recipe? and can I use fresh milk instead of powder? You know, in the States, we don’t buy or use powdered milk.
On December 5, 2015 at 6:04 am
True, the classic atayef is made with just water and yeast. I have made it using water, milk, milk and one egg, flour, flour and semolina or semolina (the way they do it in North Africa). My favorite way is to make it using one egg and milk, like an American pancake. It is only a matter of taste, really. If you prefer the plain ones, great! Oh, and of course, fresh milk is fine. In the Arabic groceries in the US, they do sell powdered milk for people who prefer it. Powdered milk comes in handy when you are baking and you are out of the fresh milk.
On December 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm
Thank you joumana, I did the Atayef already and substituted nonfat liquid milk for the water. They came out perfect! This is the only recipe I am going to use from now on!
On December 12, 2015 at 2:26 pm
@Lara: So happy to hear this!
On December 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm