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Knafeh

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Knafeh

Knafeh

Method

Knafeh 15 Steps

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  • Step 2

    In a small bowl, combine ground saffron with 2 tablespoons boiling water and let it bloom (do this step if you're using saffron).

  • Step 3

    In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Let it boil for 2 minutes, take the pan off the heat and let it cool down. Add rosewater and orange blossom water (if using).

  • Step 4

    Chop the kataifi dough into small pieces with a knife or scissors (about 1/2 inch pieces).

  • Step 5

    In a large bowl, mix together the chopped kataifi, melted butter and saffron (if using). Mix until all the dough pieces are coated with butter.

  • Step 6

    Get a 9-inch pie pan or cake pan. Butter inside of the pan and make sure it is well coated.

  • Step 7

    Place 2/3 of the kataifi mixture into the baking dish and press it down firmly. Use bottom of a cup to press it evenly.

  • Step 8

    Slice the sweet cheese into thin slices and cover the kataifi on the pan. Leave about a 1-inch space from the side so that the cheese won't touch the side of the pan.

  • Step 9

    Cover the top with the remaining chopped kataifi. Use the same cup to press it down firmly again.

  • Step 10

    Place the pan into the preheated oven and bake it for 40-45 minutes or until the colour is golden brown.

  • Step 11

    Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

  • Step 12

    Invert the knafeh onto your serving dish.

  • Step 13

    Pour 1/2 of the cooled syrup over the knafeh (pour up to 2/3 of it if you like it sweeter).

  • Step 14

    Decorate the top with crushed pistachios and dried rose petals (if using).

  • Step 15

    Serve knafeh warm with the remaining syrup on the side.

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Toronto Recipes

Middle Eastern Dessert

Knafeh

Moderate

Knafeh

Tara Omidvar
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Tara Omidvar

Knafeh

Yields:

Serves 8

Prep Time:

0 hours 30 mins

Cook Time:

0 hours 45 mins

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Middle Eastern

Sweets

Ingredients

Knafeh

  • 350 grams kataifi dough

  • 150 grams unsalted butter (melted)

  • 250 grams sweet cheese (or substitute mozzarella)

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground saffron (optional)

  • 150 grams granulated sugar

  • 150 mL water

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rosewater

  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom water (optional)

  • 1/4 cup crushed pistachio

  • Dried rose petals, for garnish (optional)

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Method

Knafeh 15 Steps

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  • Step 2

    In a small bowl, combine ground saffron with 2 tablespoons boiling water and let it bloom (do this step if you're using saffron).

  • Step 3

    In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Let it boil for 2 minutes, take the pan off the heat and let it cool down. Add rosewater and orange blossom water (if using).

  • Step 4

    Chop the kataifi dough into small pieces with a knife or scissors (about 1/2 inch pieces).

  • Step 5

    In a large bowl, mix together the chopped kataifi, melted butter and saffron (if using). Mix until all the dough pieces are coated with butter.

  • Step 6

    Get a 9-inch pie pan or cake pan. Butter inside of the pan and make sure it is well coated.

  • Step 7

    Place 2/3 of the kataifi mixture into the baking dish and press it down firmly. Use bottom of a cup to press it evenly.

  • Step 8

    Slice the sweet cheese into thin slices and cover the kataifi on the pan. Leave about a 1-inch space from the side so that the cheese won't touch the side of the pan.

  • Step 9

    Cover the top with the remaining chopped kataifi. Use the same cup to press it down firmly again.

  • Step 10

    Place the pan into the preheated oven and bake it for 40-45 minutes or until the colour is golden brown.

  • Step 11

    Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

  • Step 12

    Invert the knafeh onto your serving dish.

  • Step 13

    Pour 1/2 of the cooled syrup over the knafeh (pour up to 2/3 of it if you like it sweeter).

  • Step 14

    Decorate the top with crushed pistachios and dried rose petals (if using).

  • Step 15

    Serve knafeh warm with the remaining syrup on the side.

Tags:

Toronto Recipes

Middle Eastern Dessert

Knafeh