Kanafeh/Konafa Recipe

Recipe By Slurrp

Known by several names according to the region like Kanafeh, Kunafa and Konafa, it is a Middle-Eastern sweet. The word kunafa is derived from Arabic, meaning string pastry. The sweet dessert has its origins in the Damascus region of Palestine according to popular belief. It is said that the dessert was prepared by the cooks of Umayyad Dynasty's first caliph in the 7th century because he wanted to break his Ramadan fast with something rich and tasty. For the unversed, Kunafa is a thin pastry dough which is soaked in sugar syrup and is widely eaten across Syria, Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon. The Palestinian city of Nablus is credited with the birth of this dessert made from white-brine cheese called Nabulsi. It looks like a pie made with top and bottom shredded filo dough layers and filled with cheese or cream in the center. The dish has variations like it is made from ricotta cheese in Lebanon and with a Turkish cheese in Turkey. 

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Ingredients for Kanafeh/Konafa Recipe

  • As required Syrup
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon orange blossom water
  • As required Konafa
  • 1/2 pound Kataifi
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 8 ounce sweet cheese
  • As required Konafa orange/red colorant in powder or orange food colorant

Directions: Kanafeh/konafa Recipe

Steps To Prepare

  • STEP 1.Arrange for some fresh cheese which could be ricotta or simply mozzarella.

Cooking Directions

  • STEP 1.For making the syrup, pour water into a cooking pan and add sugar. Cook on medium flame till the sugar is totally liquefied and therefore the syrup starts to become effervescent.
  • STEP 2.Once the syrup starts to become effervescent, continue cooking it for an additional 5-7 minutes.
  • STEP 3.You will notice the syrup becomes thicker. Add the juice and orange blossom water. You will replace the orange blossom water with rose water.
  • STEP 4.Continue cooking the syrup on medium heat for an additional 2-3 minutes. Shut down the flame and let the syrup sit while making the konafa.
  • STEP 5.Preparing the kadaifi to form the konafa, the kadaifi is essentially cut as a pate feuillet dough.
  • STEP 6.Shred the kadaifi either by hand or employing a liquidizer. Place the kadaifi within the liquidizer and pulse while adding 1/2 cup of liquefied butter. Do this till you get a sleek-cut kadaifi that appears the same as an elementary paste.
  • STEP 7.Place the kadaifi in a very flat pan and cook on medium flame for 4-5 minutes. This step makes them fresh and gives a pleasant texture to the konafa (which is distinct from the graceful liquefied cheese).
  • STEP 8.While putting the konafa together, another necessary ingredient is the sweet cheese.
  • STEP 9.Shred the sweet cheese with a kitchen utensil. Flavour the cheese with orange blossom water or essence.
  • STEP 10.To assemble the konafa, you need to use a baking pan.
  • STEP 11.First, heat your kitchen appliance to 350 f degrees (180 c).
  • STEP 12.The top of the konafa is sometimes red. You will be able to skip it if you are not doing the feature of the colorant.
  • STEP 13.Spread the fine konafa colorant over the surface of the baking pan employing a soft piece of butter. Make sure that the colorant is unfolded equally.
  • STEP 14.Place a layer of kadaifi in the baking pan and even it out with the palm of your hand. Press everywhere on the surface.
  • STEP 15.Add a layer of cut cheese, then end with a skinny layer of kadaifi.
  • STEP 16.Bake the konafa for forty-five minutes. Then broil it for many minutes till the highest of the konafa gets a deep golden brown color.
  • STEP 17.Remove the konafa from the kitchen appliance, place an outsized plate on the prime of the baking pan, then flip it to transfer the konafa to the plate. The red surface is going to be on the top of the plate.

Storage And Serving Method

  • STEP 1.You can pour the syrup over the konafa and serve hot so that the cheese is sleek and soft.
calories per serving
81 g Fat55 g Protein169 g Carbs14 g FiberOther

Current Totals

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  • Carbs
  • Protein
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  • Fat

Vitamins & Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B2
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin B12
    < 1mcg
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
    < 1mg
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. All nutritional information presented are estimates and not meant to substitute professional dietary advice or treatment
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Recipe By Slurrp