Have you even been to Istanbul, if you haven’t sampled Kanafeh!

I couldn’t resist, it’s our second day here, I decided to give it a go. I’m no Kanafeh expert, so I turned to Google for answers, it’s all about the cheese it seems, I wanted to have the stringy cheese experience so I went with a combination of a few recipes.

I used 2 cups grated mozzarella to get the gooey-cheesy pic, however I suggest using 1 cup. The cheese options are endless but since it’s lockdown, I went with standard mozzarella.

Recipe adapted from Hadia’s Lebanese Cuisine & Cleobuttera


500g Kataifi pastry

3/4 cup ghee

Place the pastry on a tray and loosen the strands by pulling them apart.  Place in the oven for 10 min at 160 min, toss after 5min. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool for 10min.  Place the pastry in a food processor and blitz briefly. Set aside.



1 1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cup cream

1/4 cup semolina

4 Tblsp sugar

1 1/2 Tblsp rose water 

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

In medium sized saucepan or small pot, combine milk, cream, semolina and sugar. Cook stirring, once the mixture begins to simmer, time 4 min. Cook, stirring until the cream thickens. Add rose water. Set aside.



2 cups sugar

1 cup water 

1 Tblsp lemon juice 

1 Tblsp rose water 

Combine sugar, water and lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat. Boil for 8 min, remove from the stove and stir in the rose water. Set aside



Mix the shredded kataifi with melted ghee. 

Grease a 26cm round cake tin with ghee, place 2/3 or 360g approx of the kataifi in the cake tin, press down to form a neat layer.

Spread half of the cream, 370g approx over the pastry. Then sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over, next spread the remaining cream over the cheese and top with the kataifi pastry, pressing down with the back of a spoon. 

Bake for 40-45 min, in the bottom 1/3 of your oven, on 200°C or until golden brown.