Can you freeze Atayef?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze Atayef?” Also, we’ll explore how Atayef can be frozen, what Atayef is, what the nutritional content of Atayef is, and is eating Atayef healthy? 

Can you freeze Atayef

Yes, Atayef can be frozen before it has been baked, and after. 

Storing allows users to extend Atayef’s shelf life, economize space, and store batches in advance of baking them. 

There are, however, a few guidelines to follow when freezing Atayef to assure that it is preserved at peak quality. 

Below, we’ll review a few of them. 

How can I freeze Atayef

Atayef that is unbaked can be frozen once it has been prepared. Namely, once the pockets have been filled (not stuffed) and carefully folded. 

Filling them carefully is essential, as Atayef that is packed full can open while freezing, and this will have detrimental effects on the pastry’s quality once it has defrosted. 

Atayef pockets that are carefully filled and folded first require being flash-frozen. These should be neatly lined on a baking sheet and placed in the freezer for a brief period until they’ve acquired a solid consistency. 

Once frozen solid, they can be taken out and quickly placed inside of a freeze-resistant container or inside a freezer bag, and have as much air as possible drawn out. 

Frozen Atayef pockets can be preserved for up to 6 months at peak freshness. 

To defrost them, they can be taken out of the freezer and thawed out in refrigeration overnight, or they can be baked right out of the freezer. 

Cooked Atayef can be frozen and defrosted, by placing baked pockets that are at room temperature inside of a quality freezer bag, or in a tight-sealing container. 

Refreezing baked Ayatef is not recommended, as it will lose even more moisture and may not be as palatable. 

What is Atayef

Atayef alludes to a middle eastern pastry. The dough resembles pancakes that are filled with various ingredients including nuts, raisins, hazelnuts, glass sugar, cinnamon, pistachios, and cheese. 

Once filled, they can then be folded in half and baked or fried. 

They’re often considered comfort food and are sold by bakeries, street vendors, concession stands, etc. 

Atayef is a common food found in Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, and other middle-eastern countries, where it is sold in three different sizes. Fittingly, these are regular-sized, miniature atayef,  and large-sized Atayef. 

The batter is made with all-purpose flour, milk, water, sugar, semolina, vanilla extract, yeast, baking powder, and salt. 

Once these ingredients have all been whisked together, the batter can be heated on a griddle and filled with any of the aforementioned ingredients, and sealed, before being baked or fried. 

What is the nutritional content of Atayef

The exact nutritional content of Atayef will depend on the ingredients it’s been made with. 

On average, a 100-gram portion of Atayef will provide:

  • 360 calories
  • 5.35 grams of protein
  • 10.71 grams of fat
  • 63.59 grams of carbohydrates
  • 77 milligrams of sodium
  • 107 milligrams of potassium 

Additionally, the same serving of Atayef will provide 2% of the suggested daily intake of calcium, 5% of the SDI of iron, and 2% of potassium.

Is eating Atayef healthy? 

When consumed occasionally and in small portions, Atayef should have no adverse effects on a person’s health. 

However, eating Atayef regularly is not recommended, as it has a high-calorie content, a high amount of fat, and carbohydrates, such as added sugars. 

Excessive consumption of refined sugars is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis, type II diabetes, obesity, fatty liver disease, and other disorders. 

Consuming too much fat, especially saturated fat, is linked to a higher risk of heart disease, and high blood pressure, and is contraindicated for disorders that are treated with low-fat dieting. 

We advise our readers to always be mindful of the number of calories they consume, and if they opt to consume Atayef, they should do so sparingly, and combine it with a balanced diet and aerobic exercise. 


In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze Atayef?” Also, we’ve explored how Atayef can be frozen, what Atayef is, what the nutritional content of Atayef is, and is eating Atayef healthy? 


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.