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Date Balls


Traditionally date balls are made very simply.  They take a package of dates and roll them into balls.  They then stuff each one with a whole almond and then roll in coconut or pistachios. 


Ingredients:  
  • 1 7.5 oz. Package of dates, finely chopped,
  • 1/4 lb. butter,
  • 1 egg beaten slightly with fork,
  • 1 bag fine coconut,
  • 1 t. vanilla,
  • 1 cup sugar,
  • 2 cup rice crispy cereal
Directions:
In a large pot, combine dates, butter, sugar and egg.  Bring to a boil stirring constantly until dates melted.  Add vanilla and cereal and roll into small balls and then roll them in coconut.  Place in refrigerator until molded.

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Homemade Katayef (Atayef)


A traditional Ramadan treat served after the fast is broken. No home could ever hold their head up without a plate of these wonderful homemade Katayef treats. 


Atayef Batter 
In a bowl place 1 tablespoon of dry yeast and 2 tablespoons of warm water. Make sure the waster is not too warm because at 130 degrees you will ruin the yeast. Let it ferment for 5 minutes.

In the same bowl add:
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • dash of salt
With a mixer or in your food processor mix this batter very well. Cover and let this batter rise for 1-2 hours or until the batter has doubled in size. When the batter has risen, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (bicarbonate) and 3 drops of lemon juice.

Heat a heavy based skillet on high heat and brush the skillet with some oil. Drop the pancake batter on to the skillet in rounds of 10 cm and cook only on one side. You will see the top start to bubble from the baking soda. Remove the pancakes from the skillet and place on a platter to cool.
  
Traditional Katayef Filling
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (alternative method use some honey)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of raisins (optional)
Mix all the ingredients together and take one tablespoon and drop on to each pancake and seal with your fingers. Place the sealed pancakes on a well greased pan and brush the top of each katayef with some melter butter. Bake in a hot oven of 400 degrees. When the katayef are browned, remove from the oven.

*Note - Many Muslims will fry the katayef in oil, opposed to baking them.

Katayef Atter (syrup) 

Place in a pan:
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 4 drops of lemon juice
Bring this to boil for one minute only. Do not boil longer, as the atter will harden and not be usable.

Cheese Katayef
  • 1 pound of white cheese
  • 3/4 pound of softened butter
Mix the two ingredients together. Place a tablespoon of the mixture on the pancakes and seal with your fingers. Bake as you do the traditional recipe or fry in oil.

Serving 
It is traditionally served with the katayef dipped in the syrup. But with many choosing to reduce the sugar in their diets, you can place small bowl of the syrup or atter by a plate of katayef. Katayef is a tradition in all Arab countries. Let it be a tradition in your house today.

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Photo Credit : Michael Natkin 

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