Cheese Kunafa

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It was a one fine day when all of sudden I craved of Cheese Kunafa, a typical Arabian dessert. Kunafa, also spelled kunafeh or kunafah is a Levantinecheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, typical of the regions belonging to the former Ottoman Empire. It is a specialty of the Levant and adjoining areas of Egypt and Turkey. (Wikipedia)

If you think baking a homemade Cheese Kunafa is hard, try this recipe 😋

Ingredients:

1 package (500 g) kataifi shredded dough 4 package (200 g) mozarella cheese 150 g ricotta/cottage cheese 1/2 cup fresh milk 3/4 cup butter, melted (lukewarm) 3 tbsp ground pistachio for garnish Liquid butter to grease the pan

Syrup

400 g granulated white sugar 1 cup water 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp Rose water Using medium heat, boil the sugar, water and lemon juice for 10 minutes. Add the rose water after turning off the heat. Let it cool down completely.

Method

1. Grease the pan with liquid butter. 2. Shred mozarella cheese in a bowl. Fold in ricotta/cottage cheese. Mix well. 3. Cut the kataifi dough into 4 equal pieces. Add milk and lukewarm butter. Make sure that there are no lumps and that the kataifi is fluffy. Place ⅔ of the kataifi in the pan. Press down and along the sides of the pan.

4. Place all of the cheese. Level and press down. Cover with the remaining ⅓ of the kataifi. Press well with the palms of your hand or use a spatula. 5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 40 minutes. Let the kunafa cool down for 10 minutes before inverting it into a large platter or cake stand. 6. Garnish with ground pistachio. 7. You can pour the cool syrup over the entire kunafa or pour on individual serving.

If there’s one dessert that rules as the Queen of Arabic sweets, I would nominate Kunafe Nabulsia, the sticky pastry made of gooey sweet cheese sandwiched between layers of shredded kunafe pastry

Holly S. Warah

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  • BDY

    Thank you for the story. I love the quality of your photos.

  • sefafirdaus

    @BDY your very welcome Bryan. Thanks for the compliment

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