Cheese Filled Jerusalem Kodafa With Syrup

READY IN: 1hr 25mins




  • Put the couscous in a large bowl and pour over the boiling water.
  • Stir together with a fork, then leave to soak for about 30 minutes, till the water has been completely absorbed.
  • When the couscous is cool enough to handle, break up all the lumps with your fingers.
  • Stir the butter into the couscous, then stir in the beaten egg and salt.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Spread half the couscous into a 10-12 inch springform pan.
  • In a bowl, combine the cheeses and 2 T of the honey.
  • Spread the cheese mixture on top of the couscous, then top with remaining couscous.
  • Press down gently and then bake in the oven 10-15 minutes.
  • Put the remaining honey, saffron threads or cinnamon and the water in a pan.
  • Bring to a boil, then boil for 5-7 minutes, till the liquid forms a syrup.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the orange flower water or lemon juice.
  • After the kodafa is baked, place under the broiler and cook till lightly browned on top and a golden crust is formed.
  • Sprinkle pistachio nuts on top of the kodafa.
  • Serve warm, cut into wedges, with the syrup poured over it.