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    Kunafe - Kenafe - Knafe Gimzawia

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    1 hr 35 mins

    35 mins

    1 hr

    Um ahmad al gimzawie's Note:

    A well known and delicious Arabic sweet commonly eaten in countries like Palestine and Jordan. This is a variation that my family does that does not contain "sweet cheese". Unlike other kenafe recipes, this one taste delicious reheated.

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    Serves: 10



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    • 473.18 ml sugar
    • 473.18 ml water
    • 2.46 ml kenafe food coloring


    1. 1
      Combine water, sugar, and kenafe coloring and boil till it becomes syup consistency, let cool.
    2. 2
      Finley shred phyllo dough.
    3. 3
      Melt butter in microwave and mix together with shredded phyllo dough.
    4. 4
      Place in a 9x13 baking sheet and bake at 450° for about 5-10 minutes until dough gets a little crispy. Make sure to stir dough every 2 minutes so that it does not burn on edges.
    5. 5
      Remove a little more than half of the dough from the baking sheet.
    6. 6
      Spread remaining dough evenly and flatly on baking sheet.
    7. 7
      Mix sugar and ricotta cheese together, then place evenly on top layer of phyllo dough.
    8. 8
      Evenly spread remaining phyllo dough over layer of cheese.
    9. 9
      Bake on 425 for 30-40 minutes.
    10. 10
      Remove from oven and pour cooled syrup while kenafe is still hot.
    11. 11
      Decorate with chopped pistachios.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 25, 2009


      Excellent version of Knafe. I made this this week and my husband and I truly enjoyed it. We used to get this at a Lebanese restaurant where we used to live. They have since closed and we have not been able to find a recipe comparable to theirs. This one was perfect. I was glad to see that it did not have the rose water or orange blossom because we do not care for either of those. This was the perfect balance! I did add a little lemon juice to the syrup for our person taste. I can't wait to make it again!

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    Nutritional Facts for Kunafe - Kenafe - Knafe Gimzawia

    Serving Size: 1 (167 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 388.4
    Calories from Fat 146
    Total Fat 16.3 g
    Saturated Fat 9.8 g
    Cholesterol 47.0 mg
    Sodium 148.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 55.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 42.0 g
    Protein 6.6 g

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