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Feteer is one of the tastiest and heaviest Egyptian foods! It translates to pie but it is more than just a pie. It is made of so many layers of thin buttery dough.
It can be served without any fillings along with molasses and tahini, which is a heavenly mixture that you have to try!
What is Feteer Meshaltet?
Feteer Meshaltet is a flaky Egyptian layered pastry with butter in between the layers. It is popularly known as “Egyptian layered pastry”.
It can be enjoyed with both sweet and savory fillings such as cheese, coconut, chocolate, sausages, chicken with various sauces, vegetables, and minced meat are some of the few savory fillings Egyptians prefer. and many more.
Sugar custard pie and Nutella pie are the two most popular sweet pies.
Traditionally, it is given as a gift to visitors and friends, as the dish is believed to be a symbol of hospitality and kindness.
Origin Of Feteer Meshaltet
This recipe is believed to have existed since ancient Egypt when it was called Feteer Maltoot.
As time went by meshaltet became one of the main dishes in Egyptian cuisine.
It is said that during the Mamlouk era – which was known for lots of desserts- feteer spread to Europe and was shaped like a crescent which then became very popular as the well-known croissant.
The snack was served as an offering to gods in the temples. It has since become one of the most popular dishes in Egypt.
It represents generosity and affection. Nowadays, it is a dish that is asked by kings and presidents who visit Egypt.
When you visit Egypt you can find so many restaurants making it but the best ones in made in the countryside by farmers’ wives.
Feteer Meshaltet Recipe
Ingredients for this recipe are very simple and almost there in every home.
- All-purpose flour: you’ll need 4 cups or 540grams. You cannot make it with whole wheat flour.
- Water: just tap water and we are going to need anywhere from 1 to 1 and a half cups.
- Salt: we’ll need about 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- Butter/ghee or oil: we’ll need about 1 cup of melted butter and 1/4 cup of oil. Many people like to use 1/2 cup of butter and the rest is oil. Others use ghee as well.
See the recipe card below for the full and detailed recipe.
What to Serve With Feteer
It is always served with honey, molasses, cheese varieties, chocolate syrup, hummus, harissa, and many dips.
Honey, molasses, and a kind of mesh ( which is a very salty kind of cheese in Egypt) are the most popular traditional things to enjoy with it. Or just sprinkle with powdered sugar, the choices are endless.
Be Sure to Try These Other Egyptian Dishes!
I recommend trying this recipe, it’s very tender and delicious, especially when it’s hot. Kept in the fridge, it gets a bit denser because of the butter it contains. But, reheated for a few minutes in the oven or microwave, it’s perfect again!
Egyptian Feteer Meshaltet
- All-purpose flour - 4 cups
- Water - 1-2 cups
- A pinch of salt
- Melted butter - 1 cup
- Mix the flour and a pinch of salt. Gradually, start pouring water and knead the dough. Keep pouring water in small intervals till the dough comes together. The consistency of the dough should be stretchy and not gooey.
- After you’re done kneading the dough, let it sit for 10 minutes. Then start making small to medium-sized balls, depending on your referred size for the feteer. Gently throw these feteer balls in a bowl of melted butter and completely immerse them. Let them rest for 15-20 minutes.
- Create a very thin sheet by rolling the first ball with your hands. The sheet should be thin enough for the surface below to be visible.
- Next, try to fold the dough over itself so it forms the shape of a quare. While doing this process, don’t forget to brush some melted butter in between the folds. Keep it aside and jump on to the next ball.
- The second ball is to be rolled of the same thinness as the first one. Lay the first ball on the middle layer side down. Carefully repeat the folding process of the outer one while brushing the in-between with butter. Now keep it aside.
- Repeat the same procedure for the third and fourth ball. Rest the final product on your baking dish seam side down. Again, don’t forget to brush the upper layer with some melted butter. Gently, try to compress the folded feteer with your hands so it evenly distributes on the baking dish.
- Preheat your oven to 550F and bake the feteer in it for 10 minutes. As soon as you see the feteer puffing, make sure to turn the broiler on so you get a nice brown upper layer.
- For it to not become dry, brush it with a little more melted butter and cover it after it's completely done. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top of it and voila!
- Repeat the same procedure to make the second feteer with the rest 4 balls.
- You can serve your delicious feteer with honey, chocolate syrup, cheese varieties and any other dip of your choice.