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Sugar and Cinnamon Cypriot Crepe (Kattimerka)

In France they have the crepe. In North America they have the pancake. In Cyprus, they have “kattimeria”. I am no expert, but “kattimeria” sort of remind me of a more robust crepe. They are a great snack food – you can make them very sweet by adding honey and cinnamon on top, or just a little sweet by enjoying the cinnamon, sugar and olive oil already inside the pitta. I sometimes put nutella on them too, (chocolate addicts will know what I am talking about.) You can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, depending on your type of diet. I was curious to learn how to make them so I asked my aunt. She enjoys making kattimerka and I think it shows as she constantly gets compliments from whoever tries them. They do take some time to make. My aunt gave me a “beginner’s lesson”. End result: 2 hours and 6 yummy kattimerkas. So grab a cup of nescafe, put some tunes on and find that rolling pin.

Level of Difficulty: 3/5
Preparation Time: about 2 hours.
Cooking Time: actual time spent in the frying pan – about 5 minutes per kattimeri.
Makes about 6 kattimerka.
For the Dough:
2 cups of flour (hard flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water (adjust as necessary in order to create a good dough texture)
For the Filling:
Olive Oil
*For every 3 teaspoons of sugar there should be about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, start with 6 teaspoons of sugar and add mix more if necessary

1. First mix the sugar and cinnamon. Mix the salt and flour together and add water slowly. Knead the dough so that it forms a stiff dough.There is no need to let the dough sit.


2. Take a small piece of dough (about 1/2 a fistful) and need a little in your hands and roll out into a thin round sheet about 25cm in diameter.



3. Drizzle the sheet with 2 tablespoons olive oil and spread the oil around with your hands or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the area with about 1-2 teaspoons of the sugar and cinnamon mix.



4. Fold three sides of the dough in to make three sides of a square, then fold in half and fold the remaining part of the dough on top to close a square. It should look like the picture on the right.


5. Prepare about 5 more kattimerka in the same way until the dough is finished.


6. Place 1 kattimeri in a preheated non-stick frying pan without any oil, keep the heat low. Turn once one side begins to show brown spots, as in the picture on the left.



7. Once removed from pan, place in a bowl and sprinkle a little sugar on top of each kattimeri and layer them on top of each other. When serving, eat as prepared or pour a little honey and cinnamon on top for extra sweetness.


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