Ode to Atayef

Pillowy pancakes stuffed with cheese or nuts
Gotta have some. No ifs, ands, or buts.
With your syrup so sweet
You make our Ramadan complete
How we love you to fill our guts.
Steaming fresh rounds made before us
Store bought to avoid all the fuss.
Taken home to stuff,
I get more than enough.
You freeze well, a definite plus.
Folded in half you resemble the moon.
Just the sight of you makes us swoon.
Bring it on, bring it on!
How we love Ramadan!
Feasting nights follow fasting afternoons.
Cinnamon, sugar, and cheese
Or chopped walnuts are sure to please.
With syrup scented with rose
All lined up in rows
Two choices so no one disagrees.

Still of your resplendence I long to speak.
I must pace myself, it’s still the first week.
Fried or baked after basted,
No morsel shall be wasted.
I’ve got the rest of the month to critique.


Oh the joy after taking the first bite!
I could go on til the morning light!
Your taste I adore.
Oh, okay, just one more.
I’m not just saying that to be polite.


16 comments on “Ode to Atayef

  1. Oh my, how can I go on….you have made my siliva glands work overtime!! Aweosme my friend x

  2. That was awesome 😦 xxxx LOL

  3. Sooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful!
    You made my day. That was amazing πŸ™‚

    • are you in the states now? can you find them in any Arab bakeries? I know we could find them in California. Glad you liked it, I will feel just awful if you don’t get to have any this Ramadan.

      • I live in a small city in Missouri. Unfortunately, the Arab bakeries don’t sell them 😦
        I have not eaten Gtayef this Ramadan, yet… tears 😦
        But thanks for the pictures though πŸ™‚

  4. good god!!!! they look so yummmmyyyyyyy… me wants too!!!! πŸ™‚
    Have fun with those wow goodies, Joyce…. sluurrrpppp

  5. Hey Joyce, ever tried Nutella filled atayef? I get the mini ones (3asafeeri) and fill them with Nutella πŸ˜€ (my next plan is to try adding chopped hazelnuts πŸ˜‰ )
    Also, someone once told me they make an apple/cinnamon filling too, that’s like Ramadan-style apple pie πŸ™‚
    Love the ode!

    • That sounds tasty! My kids don’t care for the 3asafeeri because the cream is never sweetened then they get all sticky with the syrup. I might just try that. Or maybe add some nutella to Dream Whip and dip it in crushed hazelnuts! What an inspiration!

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  7. cute and sweet post!

  8. Once I put chocolate chips in the walnut mixture and left out the cinnamon. Added coconut. It was a big hit!

  9. Those pictures are making me hungry. Nice poems!

  10. Reblogged this on This Limerick Called Life and commented:

    One week into Ramadan and I haven’t yet got my fill of atayef.

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