Kanafa, also known as kunafa or kanafeh, is a Middle Eastern dessert that is made with cheese and a crispy pastry. This dessert is perfect for those with a sweet tooth, and it is a great option for parties or gatherings. This recipe will serve 6 people and takes around 45 minutes to make. The nutrition information for one serving is as follows:

– Calories: 400
– Fat: 20g
– Carbohydrates: 48g
– Protein: 10g

Additional Notes:
– You can use any type of cheese that you like, but the best option is a cheese that is semi-soft and has a salty flavor.
– The pastry can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer until ready to use.
– This dessert is usually served with a simple syrup that is flavored with rose water, but you can also serve it with honey or a scoop of ice cream.

Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • 1 package of shredded phyllo dough
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 pound of shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of rose water
  • 1/4 cup of crushed pistachios


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Butter an 8-inch (20cm) round baking dish.
  3. In a bowl, combine the shredded cheese, sugar, and cornstarch.
  4. In a saucepan, heat the water and rose water until boiling.
  5. Slowly pour the hot liquid over the cheese mixture and stir well.
  6. Spread the shredded phyllo dough in the prepared baking dish, and pour the melted butter over the top.
  7. Add the cheese mixture over the phyllo dough, spreading it evenly.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  9. Serve hot, topped with the crushed pistachios and a drizzle of simple syrup.

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