Finally, I’m back. With all the moving and adjusting here it was hard to blog. Now that I’m in Turkey I wanted my first post here to have a Turkish identity.
Kunefe (kanafeh) was one of the weirdest sweets to me when I was a child. (Two weirdest, mind shocking Turkish sweets will be in this blog at some point- sneak peak: one of them is made with all kind of beans and legumes and the other one with chicken breast!) But that was when I did not know about cheesecakes and all the sweet goodies made with cheese. I was sure that it cannot be good- cheese in a desert? I was not such an explorer growing up so I resisted to it till I was 17 or so. Ohh, how wrong was I. Today kunefe is at the top of my favorite desert list.
Kadayif (kadaifi) is the main ingredient in this desert. It is basically shreds of dough half baked on heated iron plates. It is sold in mediterranean and middle eastern stores.
Few ingredients, and simple to make but the result is sweet heaven.
1) This recipe calls for an stove top friendly pan.
2) Ingredients can be adjusted to fit a smaller pan- like the one I used.
3) Kadaifi can be found in Greek and Middle Eastern stores.
4) Middle Eastern stores also sell kanafeh cheese- that is unsalted and hard.
1 kg kadaifi
750 gr- 1 kg unsalted hard cheese
300 gr butter
2 cups sugar
4 cups water
1 tablespoon molasses
1- Add sugar to water and bring to boil. Leave it another 5 minutes to boil. Leave it to cool slighlty.
2- In a food processor finely chop kadaifi.
3- Melt the butter.
4- Combine butter with kadaifi. Let it soak all the butter by mixing them with your hands.
5- Grease a pan(stove-top friendly) with butter and molasses mixture.
6- Press firmly half of the kadaifi to the pan.
7- Layer all the cheese over kadaifi equally.
8- Press rest of the kadaifi over cheese firmly.
9- On stove top bake 10 minutes on low heat.
10- With the help of another pan turn the kunefe upside down. Cook the opposite side for 8-10 minutes on low heat.
11- Pour warm sugar water mixture over the kunefe.
12- Serve hot or warm.