Chocolate flavored Atayef filled with Nutella

Chocolate flavored Atayef filled with Nutella

Atayef or the tiny little Lebanese / Arabic crêpes. A recipe that only requires 10 minutes of preparation and it is so easy to make. This dessert is well known in the Middle East, very light and fluffy atayef are garnished traditionnally with Ashta and pistachios with a drizzle of syrup or Ater.

 The originality of the recipe that I am sharing with you in this blogpost is the flavor of atayef. Ladies and gentleman, please welcome the chocolate flavored atayef stuffed with Nutella.

Many forms of Atayef in this photo from the traditional (top of the photo) to the modern shape (bottom left of the photo)

Many forms of Atayef in this photo from the traditional (top of the photo) to the modern shape (bottom left of the photo)

The recipe I am sharing with you in this blogpost is adapted from my dear Nadia Toummalieh. My twist for Nadia’s recipe is flavoring the atayef with cocoa powder. I had to make two trials in order to get the right amount of cocoa powder and the right consistency of atayef. Thank you Nadia for sharing with us always all your best recipes. If you aren’t following yet Nadia, check out her Instagram profile, you will love her work. Atayef usually are made in two typical shapes as presented in the previous picture.

Chocolate atayef stuffed with Nutella

Chocolate atayef stuffed with Nutella

The Atayefs remind me a lot of my family during Lent. When we meet at 18h together to eat the atayef after a long studying day. But most of the times, I replace the ashta (since I don’t like it) by a tablespoon of sugar: O

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If you follow the recipe or one of the presentation forms of atayefs, please don’t hesitate to tag me on Instagram. I will be more than happy to see your photos and I hope you will enjoy preparing the atayef as well as gathering around them :)

Chocolate Atayef topped with Nutella, fresh raspberries & crushed pistachios

Chocolate Atayef topped with Nutella, fresh raspberries & crushed pistachios

Chocolate atayef recipe (adapted from Nadia Tommalieh

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Baking time: 30 seconds/atayef. Number of atayefs: 15.

Ingredients  

  • One cup and a half of hot water

  • One cup of flour

  • 1/4 cup of semolina

  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder

  • a pinch of salt

  • 1/4 cup of sugar

  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder

  • Filling: Nutella or speculos paste

Method

  1. In a blender, mix all the ingredients together.

  2. Let the dough rest for 15-30 minutes.

  3. As soon as the air bubbles appear on the surface of the mixture, the dough is ready for cooking.

  4. In a non-stick skillet, previously heated, pour small circles of dough with a ladle. Cook one side only, well enough, so that the top of the dough doesn’t run.

  5. Cover the cooked atayef with a clean towel so that they won’t dry.

  6. To stuff the atayef, garnish them with a tablespoon of Nutella in the center, stick the edges together to have the shape as shown in the figure below. You can add also hazelnut powder for example or hazelnuts in addition to the Nutella.

  7. After sticking the edges, you can also add crushed pistachios and raspberries. It’s a delight!

  8. And since it’s never enough for gluttony, you can prepare a chocoalte sauce and drizzle it on the atayaf and Bon appétit :)

Typical shape of Atayef, here stuffed with Nutella and decorated with crushed pistachios

Typical shape of Atayef, here stuffed with Nutella and decorated with crushed pistachios

With lots of love, 

Massiel  

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