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Kunafa

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Ingredients
  Cheese 1 Pound
  Mozzarella cheese 1 Pound
  Sugar syrup 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Pistachios 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Kataifi 1 Kilogram
  Butter 1 Pound, melted (227 Grams)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Butter the baking pan.
3. If you are using Nabulsyya cheese, you need to soak it over night in water and change the water frequently to get rid of the high salt content in it.
4. If you are using Akkawi cheese, you need to get rid of the salt in it by soaking it for an hour or so, changing the water frequently until most of the salt is washed out.

MAKING
5. In a large dough gently loosen the knafeh dough and mix very well with the 1/2 pound of melted butter by rubbing the dough between your hands with the butter, adding it little by little for about 10 to 15 minutes. The dough should become fluffy and light, if you gather it with your hands and let go it should retain its fullfy texture.
6. Cover the pan with 3/4 of the dough, press down lightly.
7. Add cheese evenly, then add the top layer of the dough, not as thick as the bottom layer.
8. If using Ricotta cheese, spread in an even layer over the knafeh dough and then the mozzarella cheese then cover with the remaining half of the dough. Press down gently.
9. Bake until lightly golden, about 15 to 18 minutes on a 350 degrees F. If you shake the pan, it should be loose and the edges are brownish, this means that the Knafeh is done.

SERVING
10. Immediately pour cold sugar syrup evenly over the hot Knafeh , sprinkle the pistachios on top of it and serve hot. Enjoy!

A note: You can add a quarter of a teaspoon knafeh orange dye in accordance with the dough while working on it with butter if it is available, but if you cannot find it , baking the knafeh to a golden color would make it look good to.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Middle Eastern
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Feel: 
Cheesy
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Cheese
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Subtitle: 
Arabic Vermicelli Sweet
Kunafa is one of the most exotic and luscious Arabic desserts. The sweet cheese melts in your mouth while you try to figure out the flavors of the syrup it is soaked in. This video shows an easy way of making it at home.

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5 Comments

veg.foodie's picture
What is Kataifi?? and where can I get it...? This dessert looks yum though.I had no idea Arabian desserts were so delightful... it looks simple and easy too, in the video :)
shantihhh's picture
Kataifi is more commonly called Phyllo/Filo Dough and is available in the US at most markets as well as Middle Eastern Markets frozen. It is a thin almost paper-like dough flaky when baked. It is the dough used to make Baklava. You can make it by hand but that is not easy! My son-in-law's mom (a chef from former Yugoslavia) makes it by hand on her dining table.
aparna.priya's picture
thanks Shantihhh! I had no idea what a Kataifi is...Now as you told about think I am getting very excited to try it very soon...:))
healthyeating's picture
A great recipe! I had it at one of my cousin's friend place. now that you have posted it here, I am gonna try it..:)
rouby's picture
kunafeh easy