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Palestinian Kanafeh

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Kanafeh (Arabic: كنافة), kadayıf and künefe (Turkish), kadaif (Albanian), kataifi, kadaifi (Greek κα(ν)ταΐφι), is a very fine vermicelli-like pastry used to make sweet pastries and desserts. It is sometimes known as shredded phyllo. Kanafeh originated in the Palestinian city of Nablus in the modern-day West Bank, where it is filled with Nabulsi cheese. Another name for kanafeh is knafeh Nabulsiyye. It plays a central role in Palestinian cuisine and is the most famous throughout the Arab world. Kanafeh is also found in the Balkans and is a feature of Lebanese, Turkish, Greek, and Levantine cuisine.
  Filo dough 1 Pound, shredded (Kataifi Fillo Dough)
  Sweet cream butter 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), melted (3 Sticks)
  Ricotta cheese 15 Ounce
  Shredded mozzarella 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Semolina/Farina 3 Tablespoon
  Simple syrup 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Mediterranean For Serving)
  Powdered pistachios 1 Tablespoon (For Garnish)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, crumble the kataifi (about 3/4 of the package) with your hands and then add melted butter and mix completely. But half of the mixture in the bottom of a non-stick pan and spread out as a crust. In a large bowl combine the ricotta cheese and mozerella cheese. In a small pan slightly heat the milk for 1 minute and add the samolina and cook for 30 seconds, then add the mixture to the cheese mixture and combine well. Pour cheese mixture in the pan on top of the kataifi crust and spread evenly. Place the rest of the kataifi mixture evenly on top of the cheese mixture to form another crust on top. Place pan in oven and cook at 350-400 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Take out and let stand for 30 minutes and then invert into a nice plate and garnish with ground pistachio nuts. Serve with simple syrup.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Cheese, Milk Product
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
65 Minutes
Mediterranean Knafeh Nabulsiyye
Here is a fantastic video that displays how Arabic sweet, kanafeh can be easily prepared at home with shredded phyllo. It is very interesting to see the chef make this elegant sweet so easily. Serve this dish for dessert or even as a breakfast and enjoy!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 6400 Calories from Fat 3449

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 392 g603.1%

Saturated Fat 233 g1165.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 1042.4 mg347.5%

Sodium 3543.1 mg147.6%

Total Carbohydrates 606 g201.9%

Dietary Fiber 11.9 g47.7%

Sugars 319.1 g

Protein 120 g240.4%

Vitamin A 225.6% Vitamin C 1.3%

Calcium 172.8% Iron 99.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Palestinian Kanafeh Recipe Video, Mediterranean Knafeh Nabulsiyye