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Cheese Kunafa Recipe

Cheese Kunafa Recipe

A cheesy kunafa recipe that is so easy, that it uses only 3 ingredients!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Arabic, Middle Eastern
Keyword cheese kunafa recipe, knafeh, kunafa, kunafe, recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Author Hungryoungwoman


  • 500 gm Kataifi pastry dough shredded
  • 300 gm mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup sugar syrup
  • Rose water optional


  1. 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
  2. Prep your shredded mozzarella with about 2 tbsp of sugar and let sit for a while till you finish the next step
  3. 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
  4. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  5. To line your baking container, first, coat it with ghee and then add half of the dough into the container and let sit tightly
  6. Try lining the sides of the container with the dough so that it is able to hold the cheese
  7. Add your shredded cheese and make sure to cover the whole container evenly
  8. Last comes the other half of your dough to cover up the kunafa
  9. Bake in the oven for about 40-45 minutes until the surface is golden brown
  10. 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
  11. Now, flip your kunafa onto a serving dish and drizzle with your preferred amount of sugar syrup
  12. Garnish with pistachio (optional)