Tuesday, February 2, 2010


  • 1 pound shredded fillo dough
  • 1 stick of butter ( melted)
  • 3 tbsp of whole pistachios
    • 1 cup finely chopped pistachio
    • mixture of 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese+1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese  ( or 1 cup of Turkish sweet cheese )
      • 3 cups of granulated sugar
      • 2 cups of water
      • juice of 1/4 lemon

      For the syrup; take 3 cups of sugar, and 2 cups of water in a medium pot. Bring it to the boil over medium heat. Boil for 7-8 minutes. Add juice of 1/4 lemon into the pot and boil for another 5 minutes. Turn the heat off. Set a side.
       Take kataifi from the freezer and break it into small pieces in a mixing bowl immediately. Let it thaw for ten minutes. Then add melted butter  and whole  pistachios in it and mix it evenly. In a 13-inch round tray, take the first half of kataifi and press and spread the cheese mixture and on top of cheese, spread chopped pistachio  all over the first half of kataifi,then spread the second half of kataifi all over the filling and gently press.
      Preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake for about 50  minutes or until nicely brown. Take the kunefe out of the oven and spoon cold syrup over it immediately .
      Cut kunefe into square shapes. Serve warm.


      George (Greece) said...

      Künefe can be eaten almost hot...as a hot toast...just to see the melting cheese before your mouth...with a light syrup...and a crunchy fyllo...Oh yes, my palate still remembers my sweet attacks last summer in Antakya, where one can taste the original künefe!!!
      I prefer it without ricota...just mozzarela, since we can't find the proper Turkish cheese!!! The additional pistaccios, or even walnuts, is a PLUS!
      Çok teşekkürler!!!

      Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

      that is one of my favorite desserts! Your Künefe looks delightful!



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      My Turkish Kitchen said...

      You are right, I corrected it.

      Thank you Rosa and Anonymous.


      Sarah said...

      Wow! Looks delicious. Insha'Allah will try it!

      Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

      Iffetcigim, ben de kunefe icin bir post hazirliyorum ne zamandir (bitmedi daha!) ve bu tatliyi cok seviyorum. Biliyorsun bizim Hatay'da meshurdur. Ellerine saglik, cok guzel gorunuyor.

      My Turkish Kitchen said...

      Thank you Sarah...

      Nihal, Bilmez olur muyum Hatay'in kunefesini:) Senin tarifini dort gozle bekleyecegim.

      Aysegul - Nysdelight said...

      Iffetcim yandim ben..Kunefeyi cok cok severim...Harika gorunuyor ellerine saglik.

      Kesinlikle denicem...en kisa zamanda. Esimde bayilir.

      Cherine said...

      Your kunefe looks scrumptious!!

      My Turkish Kitchen said...

      Thank you Aysegul and Cherine.

      döküm tava said...

      thanks aysegul :)

      amy said...

      i just made some kunefe for a dinner party and it was a huge hit, thanks for sharing all of these amazing recipes!