Kanafeh Middle Eastern Dessert | Ramadan | VEGETARIAN

To all my muslim readers, Ramadan Mubarak! I hope your fasting is going well and that you are spending this month with your family and loved ones ♥. 

During ramadan, desserts and sweets are key. It is traditional to have some sort of dessert after breaking your fast. In the middle eastern culture, kanafeh or kunafeh is a favorite because of its cheesy and sweet taste. I’m going to be sharing my personal favorite recipe with you all and hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. Also to all my non-muslim readers I hope that you try out this recipe so you can have a taste of the middle eastern culture. Please let me know what you think, have a lovely day and a great Ramadan everyone ♥.

Ingredients:

Base:
16 oz shredded phyllo dough
15 oz ricotta cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
1/3 cup sugar
12 oz unsalted butter (melted)
crushed pistachio (optional)

Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp rose water or orange blossom water

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 200 C / 400.
2. Place the shredded phyllo dough in a large mixing bowl and mix in the melted butter (use your hands for better results) then pour it into a 9×13 inch pan. Firmly press the dough down to cover the pan evenly.
3. In another bowl mix together the mozzarella, ricotta and sugar. Then spread it on top of the dough base but avoid the edges so it doesn’t burn while baking.
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until slightly golden brown.
5.For the syrup: Mix water and sugar in a sauce pan and bring it to a bowl. Reduce the heat and add in the lemon juice. (make sugar to constantly stir). After about 5 minutes remove from the heat and add the orange blossom or rose water. (DONT let the syrup turn a golden color).
6. Once the kanafeh is done baking and cooled down for a bit, carefully flip the pan on to a large plate so that the cheese is now on the bottom.
7. Finally pour the syrup onto of the kanafeh add on the optional pistachio on top.
8. Serve & enjoy ♥

 

 

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