Kanafeh or Kunafa or Kanafi

Recipe by sarsalam
READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 12-16
YIELD: 1 dessert




  • Make Syrup first:
  • Bring water and sugar to a boil, reduce heat.
  • Add lemon juice and rose water (optional).
  • Simmer until all sugar is dissolved, about 5-10min.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Kanafi:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Drain ricotta of excess liquid and mix with other cheese.
  • Remove shredded phyllo dough from box and loosen shreds in a large bowl.
  • Toss the shreds with melted butter to coat evenly.
  • Arrange half of the buttered dough evenly on a 9X13 pan or baking dish.
  • Spoon cheese mixture on top in an even layer.
  • Place the remaining dough on top and press lightly with hands.
  • Cover with foil and bake 30 min at 350°F.
  • Remove foil and bake an additional 30 min or until crisp and golden .
  • Serve warm or room temp with lemon syrup.