Arab Pancakes

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By Claudia Roden

Published 1986

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Ataïf is a sweet dearly loved all over the Middle East, a medieval dish which has remained unchanged to this day. It was particularly favoured by the Caliph Mustakfi of Baghdad in the tenth century, to whom a poem, written by a certain Mahmud ibn Husain alKushâjim about the merits of the sweet, was recited at a lavish banquet in honour of the Caliph.

Ataïf are basically pancakes dipped in syrup. Sometimes they are sprinkled with pistachios and eaten with thick cream, s