[Sca-cooks] Noodled up!

V A phoenissa at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 10:47:16 PDT 2007

I'm going to guess that the pancake thing Perry is talking about is an
ancestor of a modern Middle Eastern dessert called 'atayif (that's the
transliteration I see most often -- the "k" in Arabic is not pronounced like
a "k" in English, but almost like a glottal stop...so that's why I think
this is the same name.)

Nowadays 'atayif are small, sort of silver-dollar-sized pancakes that are
filled with sweetened cream (ashta) or with sweetened chopped nuts, shaped
like pockets and served with a simple syrup flavored with rose or
orange-blossom water.

How does Perry describe them and which recipe are you looking at?  I'd be
curious to see more...


On 7/11/07, Suey <lordhunt at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have never attempted to make kataif's, don't even know what they are
> but Perry calls them pancakes, then they are predecessors of what was it
> lasgane?  - cut a lot or some pasta like that? Sometimes they are
> classified with pasta and with others noodles? What are they? I see
> today they are a stuffed pastry but not in the Middle Ages? Can you
> define what they were then? In medieval times are we talking pasta o
> pastry. What is the difference?
> Suey

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