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katayef kashta

Katayef b Kashta (Lebanese cream Dessert)

Clotted cream filled pancakes with an orange blossom syrup

Course Dessert
Cuisine Lebanese
Keyword Authentic, Dinner Party, Easy
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 25 pancakes
Author Zaatar and Zaytoun


To make the Pancakes

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup fine semolina
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp dried active yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar

To make the Clotted Cream

  • 150 ml heavy cream
  • 150 ml full fat milk
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp orange blossom water

To make the Orange Blossom Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Small Sprinkling salt
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water


To make the Pancakes:

  1. In a mixing bowl, sieve the flour and baking powder together. Add the semolina and salt. Stir everything well
  2. Add the yeast and sugar to the cup of tepid water and stir well until dissolved. Then add the yeasted water along with the milk to the dry ingredients and combine. Leave to rest for half an hour
  3. Heat a wide non stick pan on medium low heat, add a small ladel of pancake mix around the size of your palm. When bubbles form all over the top and the bottom is golden transfer between two muslin cloths to cool.
  4. Repeat the process until you finish the pancake mix.

To make the Clotted Cream

  1. In a saucepan, add the cream, milk, cornflour and sugar. Whisk well before you turn on the heat. Once combined keep stirring on a medium low heat until the mixture begins to thicken. Add the orange blossom and continue to stir on low heat for another 15 seconds or so. Set side to cool

To make the Orange Blossom Syrup

  1. Add the water, sugar, salt and lemon juice to a saucepan, stir until the sugar is dissolved and bring to the boil on a medium high heat. Then add the orange blossom and reduce to a simmer for about five minutes. Set aside to cool

To assemble the Pancakes

  1. Whisk the clotted cream by hand for a few seconds just before assembly
  2. Pinch together the edges of half a pancake, leaving the other half open to spoon in some clotted cream
  3. Assemble the pancakes in a serving platter
  4. Drizzle a little orange blossom syrup on top
  5. Scatter some crushed pistachios
  6. Serve either warm or cold

Recipe Notes

Cornstarch is known as cornflour in the UK and is used to thicken sauces