Kunefe (A Sweet Cheese Pastry made with Kadaifi)

Recipe by evelynathens

For a request. This recipe is by Ana Sortun. I often make my own syrup by boiling 1 cup honey (I believe Greek thyme honey is the best, and if you can get it, go for it!), 1/2 cup sugar and 2 cups water with 1 stick of cinnamon for 10 minutes.

Top Review by Meme8851

I love this one! My boyfriend was in Turkey 2 years ago and when he came back he couldn't stop talking about this dessert. We were so happy when we found this recipe and we make it only for special occasions (which turn up often :D). Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Place kadafi in a food processor and chop up finely.
  3. Add butter and milk and line a 8 inch square heavy baking dish with half of this mixture.
  4. Mix the cheeses with the pistachios, sugar& nutmeg and spread onto shredded filo.
  5. Top with the remaining shredded pastry.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Make a sugar syrup by boiling water with sugar and lemon juice.
  8. Cook until reduced by a third and it becomes nice and thick.
  9. Stir in rose water to taste.
  10. When kunefe comes out of the oven, ladle 2/3 of the hot syrup over it and save the rest to pass while eating.
  11. Serve hot.

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