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Kunafa / Middle-Eastern Cheescake

5 from 2 votes

Kunafa, is a Arabic/Middle-Eastern cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar syrup. It is a specialty of the Middle-East, especially the areas of Egypt and Turkey.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Served AsDesserts
Recipe Taste Crunchy, Sweet
Servings 10


  • 300 gm Vermicelli roasted, seviyyan
  • 2 to 3 tbsp Ghee melted
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 150 gm Ricotta cheese
  • 50 gm Cheese spread
  • 100 gm Mozzarella cheese grated
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Rose water or Orange blossom water


  • Take vermicelli in a bowl add the honey, melted ghee and toss it, until well-mixed. Keep aside.
  • Use a large spatula or wire whisk and mix the ricotta with the cheese spread, until smooth and creamy. Grate the mozzarella and keep in a separate bowl.
  • Pour the sugar and water into a large pot, and put it to boil. When the syrup begins boiling fast, add the orange blossom water, and stir.
  • Let the syrup reach one-string consistency and switch off flame.
  • Grease a 9-inch spring-form pan with ghee or butter.
  • Begin with a layer, about an inch thick, of the seviyyan, and use your fingers or the back of a glass/bowl to tap and smooth it out evenly.
  • Pour the filling over the seviyyan evenly, and then spread the mozzarella on top evenly, covering all sides.
  • Repeat the seviyyan layer, and cover the top well, pressing down the sides gently.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10 to 15 mins, at 150 C, or until top is crusty and golden.
  • Once done, and while still hot, quickly pour the syrup on top all over.
  • Let it stand, allowing the syrup to soak in for 5 to 10 mins, and then garnish with chopped pistachios, rose petals and serve warm.
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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 278 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 26 mg | Sodium: 182 mg | Potassium: 35 mg | Fiber: 0.5 g | Sugar: 19 g | Vitamin A: 180 IU | Vitamin C: 0.3 mg | Calcium: 106 mg | Iron: 0.3 mg

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