Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Kunafa (Ramadan special)

Adapted from Awesome Recipes 
Ingredients :
350g kathafi  (shredded phylo dough)
1-1/2 cup melted butter
1-3/4 cup Ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzarella
½ cup sugar
½ cup milk
3 Tbsp semolina
Chopped pistachio for ganishing

Rose water syrup :
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp rose water
2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup water


1)  Bring water & sugar to a boil , reduce heat . Add in lemon juice & rose water  . Simmer till all sugar dissolved about 5 to 10 mins . 

2) Preheat oven to 180°C & grease ramekin of a 20 cm pie pan .  In a large bowl add in kathafi & melted butter .   Mix all thoroughly . 

3)  Spoon HALF of the  katafi mixture &  press  evenly  onto the bottom of the 20cm greased pie pan or ramekin .  Set aside . 

4)  For cream filling :  Combine Ricotta , Mozzarella cheese & sugar .  Heat milk in a sauce pan on low heat for about 1 min .  Stir  in semolina & cook for 30seconds . Remove from heat & add in cheese mixture . Stir well till well combined .  Pour cheese mixture on kanafi crust & spread evenly .  Topped with remaining kanafi mixture & make sure that it covers all the cheese mixture .  Bake for 40 to 45 mins if you’re using a pie pan till golden brown . Bake only 30 to 35 min for ramekin .  Let to cool for about 30 mins before inverting the Kunafa onto a serving plate . Ganish with chopped pistachio &  serve with rose water syrup .


  1. Hi Kit, I like the lovely presentation and they look delicious !

  2. Kit, when I had a quick glance, I thought they were coconut shells hah! hah! I am not much of a ricotta/mozarella fan and I will just admire the cakes :)

  3. This dough reminds me somewhat of coconut shreds and looks so pretty...

  4. hi kit, i just happened to learn about kataifi few weeks ago when a friends asked me to get for's not easily avaiable here but managed to get one tho. Apparently some dim sum here like prawn rolls also use kataifi as part of the crust.

  5. Hi Kit, that's a very special cookies, so cute and pretty. I thought is was shredded coconut. :) Lovely presentation and display. Pass some over to me? :))

    Have a nice weekend. With hugs and kisses to you.

    P/S psstt... got leng chai and chocolate for you.

  6. It seems that rose water is a staple in Middle Eastern desserts . I bet I would love these kunafa , sort of cheesecake , you say ? Count me in ;D

  7. interesting! and looks yummy too!

  8. This is another pretty dessert that I've never seen before. Thank you so much for sharing.