This cheese kunafa recipe is going to blow your mind. Why? It’s the simplest thing and I just discovered it! Blame it on my ongoing craving for the dessert, the good blame I mean…
So, I’ve been visiting a few Iftar buffets lately which explains why this craving was triggered. I figured it would be much affordable if I tried making kunafa at home and discovered it needs only 3 ingredients. Can you believe it?
Preparation of Cheese Kunafa
For this cheese kunafa recipe, you will need kataifi shredded pastry dough which is the one that serves as the top and bottom layer of the dessert, mozzarella, and sugar syrup.
I like prepping my mozzarella cheese with sugar before the process as I’m not too much a fan of sugar syrup drenched kunafa. Anyone for that crispy exterior?
The result is a cheesy kunafa that will just make you thank whoever invented this dessert! Read on for the recipe…
Cheese Kunafa Recipe
- 500 gm Kataifi pastry dough, shredded
- 300 gm mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup sugar syrup
- Rose water (optional)
- To make your sugar syrup, add 1 cup sugar to 1 1/2 cup of water in a pan under medium heat. Let it simmer and keep stirring occasionally until the sugar completely dissolves. This should take you roughly 5 minutes. Add a teaspoon of rose water if you’re using it
- Prep your shredded mozzarella with about 2 tbsp of sugar and let sit for a while till you finish the next step
- Next comes your pastry dough which is usually frozen. Shred it with your hands or in a food processor once room temperature till it’s thin. Coat the dough with 1 cup of ghee and mix
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
- To line your baking container, first, coat it with ghee and then add half of the dough into the container and let sit tightly
- Try lining the sides of the container with the dough so that it is able to hold the cheese
- Add your shredded cheese and make sure to cover the whole container evenly
- Last comes the other half of your dough to cover up the kunafa
- Bake in the oven for about 40-45 minutes until the surface is golden brown
- Let sit outside for 15 minutes till it cools a bit and then run a knife along the sides to make sure the kunafa isn’t sticking
- Now, flip your kunafa onto a serving dish and drizzle with your preferred amount of sugar syrup
- Garnish with pistachio (optional)
Other ingredient options: I admit this might not be the most authentic recipe, however it still tastes closely the same. You can use orange blossom water which also adds flavor to the kunafa and is used originally in the recipe.
This kunafa recipe is the easiest way to satisfy your cravings and is an affordable alternative. Just keep in mind to heat your slice and eat when warm as that’s when it tastes the best.
So, the real question now is to go with the sugar syrup or not? I leave that up to you 🙂
Until then, happy eating! xx