Kadaifi (Greek Pastry With Nuts and Syrup)

"Nearly everyone is familiar with baklava, but very few know 'kadaifi'. It's shredded wheat's cousin. I prefer kadaifi."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • Open pastry and spread out on a baking sheet.
  • Air dry for 15 minutes.
  • Combine nuts, orange juice, 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 340°F.
  • Lightly butter a baking pan.
  • Separate pastry strands into 18-20, 10 to 12 inch rectangles (beauty is not an issue here).
  • Place 1 tbsp nut filling at narrow end of rectangle.
  • Roll up tightly.
  • Arrange in a round (12-14 inch diameter) baking pan; do not crowd, have them JUST touching each other.
  • (you can use a square/rectangular pan too, you just usually see them in round pans here) Pour melted butter evenly over the pieces and bake until golden, 35-40 minutes.
  • For syrup: Cook 1 ½ cup sugar, water and lemon juice in saucepan over low heat, swirling pan occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Pour hot syrup over pastry and allow pastry to cool.
  • This can be kept, covered, at room temperature for at least a week.

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  1. Jopalis
    I haven't made it... I want to...where do you get the pastry?
  2. mermaidmagic
    Kadaifi is one of my favorite Greek desserts! I don't know why we don't see it as often as baklava in the U.S. because it is every bit as good. I can not make this because my children have allergies to nuts, but I can see how wonderful this recipe is. I hope some Zaar people give this a try. It's quite a delicious blend of flavors and textures!


<style>body { background: url("http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3639/3512121819_f2f1aaf050.jpg?v=0"); background-repeat: repeat-y; }</style> OK, here goes. I live in Athens, Greece. I moved out here many, many years ago from Ottawa, Canada - so I am blessed in having two wonderful heritages! I suffer from compulsive obsessive behaviour with regard to food and my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to find a 'society' where many have the same problem and try to find a cure. So far, I've copied a couple of thousand recipes from this site and my psychiatrist has thrown the towel in and refuses to answer the phone when I call. What did I do wrong? Got 3 kids that keep me on the go - 10 and under at this point (2008) - I may not get round to updating this for a few years, so you'll have to do your own maths. I teach English full-time and Greek Cookery part-time. I would like to make the cooking part of it full-time and the English Grammar part of it part-time. That's all for now.
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