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Mama Lolas’ Atayef

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

These Arabic pancakes are stuffed with a combination of ricotta, mozzarella, cinnamon, sugar and are SO good for the soul. I grew up enjoying these on special occasions and I’m super excited to share my mum’s recipe with you. They are actually quite easy to make and they’re always a hit with guests if you’re entertaining!

Ready in: 45mins

Makes: 17 Atayef


  • 2 cups self-raising flour

  • 1 cup semolina

  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence

  • 3 tbsp sugar

  • 3.5 cups of water


  • 500g traditional ricotta

  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 2tbsp sugar


  • 17 tsp butter

  • Honey (optional)

Sugar Syrup (optional)

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tsp rosewater (optional)


Step 1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Place all pancake ingredients in a bowl and mix well. The mixture should be similar to a runnier pancake batter.

Step 2. Heat a non-stick pan to medium-low heat. Pour ¼ cup batter onto the pan and cook until they begin to bubble. Once there is no more shiny raw batter remove the pancake and place aside on a tea towel to cool slightly. Repeat until all batter has been cooked. Do not flip atayef

Step 3. Add all the filling ingredients to a bowl and mix until well combined, breaking upn the ricotta into small pieces

Step 4. Once Atayef have cooled, place 2-3 tbsp of the filling in the middle, fold into a half-moon shape and pinch the sides together to seal shut. Repeat until all atayef have been filled

Step 5. Place Atayef on a lined baking tray, place 1 tbsp of butter on top each and bake for 15-17 mins or until the butter and cheese has melted

Step 6. Serve with a drizzle of honey or dip them into hot sugar syrup for 20 seconds before enjoying.

Step 7. (optional) To make sugar syrup, place the sugar, water and lemon juice in a pot, bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the rosewater if using. Set aside.

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