Kunafa (also Kanafeh and Kunefa) is a delicious Turkish treat? Follow this Kunafa recipe – a difficult dessert made easy by following these super simple steps. Enjoy.


Ingredients for the Kunafa Recipe:

  • Approx. 400g Kataifi Dough (can be found in most Turkish supermarkets)
  • 350g Melted Unsalted Butter
  • 400g Akawi Cheese (or Mozzarella), shredded
  • Extra butter for basting the cake tin

Ingredients for the syrup:

  • 1 ½ cup White Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1tsp Orange Blossom water or Rose Water (or to taste)


  • Handful of crushed pistachios
  • Dried rose petals (optional)



  • Shred the kataifi dough until it is of a crumb like texture
  • Pour melted butter
  • Mix the butter thoroughly through all of the kataifi dough
  • Lightly butter a standard 6 inch cake tin
  • Spread half of the kataifi dough around the cake tin and approx. 1cm above the edge.
  • Firmly press down the kataifi dough until it is evenly spread out throughout the cake tin
  • Add the shredded akawi cheese over the kataifi dough
  • Leave approx. 1cm around the edge clear
  • Add the remainder of the kataifi dough and spread evenly until all of the cheese is covered
  • Bake in the oven for approx. 30-35minutes or until the kataifi dough is lightly golden and the cheese has melted

Whilst the kunefa is baking, make the sugar syrup as per the instructions below: 

  • Pour the water and sugar into a pan and heat until the water starts to boil
  • Lower the temperature to medium, add the lemon juice and stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is of a syrup like consistency. This should take approx. 5-6 minutes
  • Remove from the heat, let it cool and then add the orange blossom water or rose water
  • Let the syrup cool down before pouring over the hot kunefa

Final steps:

  • When the kunefa has cooked, remove from the oven and immediately drizzle the cold sugar syrup all over the kunefa.
  • Sprinkle crushed pistachio and dried rose petals
  • Serve with either ice cream or clotted cream

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