"You can't go to Palestine and not eat knafeh every night! Very delicious dessert that is easy to make :) A syrian sweet cheese is normally used with this, some people use ricotta cheese but it changes the taste and consistency of this dish, but it can be used. I make my own cheese and do not add salt to it so I can use it with this recipe, but store bought sweet cheese works just fine :)"
photo by SAMANTHA M. photo by SAMANTHA M.
photo by SAMANTHA M.
Ready In:
1 tray


  • 1 lb shredded phyllo dough (knafeh dough)
  • 2 lbs sweet cheese
  • 1 - 1 12 cup rendered butter
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom water
  • 14 cup pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon knafeh food coloring
  • 14 cup pistachios, chopped
  • 2 cups thin syrup (attar)


  • Mix cheese, sugar, and orange blossom water together.
  • Chop knafeh dough with a sharp knife. Mix with 1 3/4 cups hot butter over low fire for 15 minutes, or until dough absorbs all the butter.
  • Mix 1/4 cup butter, knafeh coloring, and spread in a 17x12 inch pan. Sprinkle pine nuts evenly.
  • Spread 2/3 of the dough in the pan over the nuts and press well. Spread the cheese mixture over dough evenly. Cover with the rest of the dough and press well.
  • Bake at 400 degrees in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. (Place on lower rack).
  • Add thin attar. Flip the tray over in another tray of the same size. Return to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes.
  • Garnish with pistachios and serve hot!

Questions & Replies

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  1. EmAdam
    Salam, I've recently just seen your page and loved it. I have a quick question, on the Chanfa you said you make your own cheese, how do you do that? I'd love to try it out. Thank you.


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