These ricotta-filled pancakes with orange blossom syrup are a traditional dessert, often served at Ramadan.
For the batter
150g fine semolina
75g self-raising flour
31/2g fast-action dried yeast
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp caster sugar
50g butter, for cooking
For the syrup
100g caster sugar
2 tbsp orange blossom water
For the filling
3 tbsp syrup (from above)
25g shelled pistachios, crushed
Put all the batter ingredients in a large mixing bowl with 375ml warm water and a pinch of salt, and whisk to combine. Cover loosely and leave to rise for 45 mins or overnight.
Meanwhile, make the syrup. Heat the sugar, 125ml water and the orange blossom water in a small pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 mins. Increase the heat and boil for about 10 mins until the mixture reaches a syrupy consistency. Transfer to a small bowl and leave to cool.
Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat, melt 1 tsp butter and when it’s hot, add a small ladleful of batter. Cook for 3-4 mins until the surface has lots of bubbles. Transfer to kitchen paper and repeat with the rest of the batter, making 12-15 pancakes. Set aside, but don’t stack them as they may stick.
Mix the ricotta with 3 tbsp of the cooled syrup. Hold one pancake in the palm of your hand and dollop 1 tbsp of the ricotta mix in the centre. Bring the edges of the pancake together and press firmly along the edges to seal until you reach the centre, leaving half the pancake open. Sprinkle the pistachios on the exposed filling and set aside. Repeat with the remaining pancakes, and serve with the remaining syrup on the side.