Kanafeh Sweet Cheese Pastry

April 18, 2018
Recipe by: Good Chef Bad Chef

You may not have ever heard of Kanafeh before – but once you make it, it’s sure to be a dish you crave all the time. Kanafeh is a traditional Arabic dessert made with cheese, pastry and nuts that has been soaked in a delicious sugar-based syrup. It’s extremely well-known (and well-loved) in countries in the Middle East and Mediterranean, and while it’s very simple to make – it’s delectably rich.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings
Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 1lb (375g) packet kataifi, thawed as directed on package
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups mozzarella, grated
  • 2 cups feta, grated
  • 1 cup pistachios, crushed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • ¼ cup honey
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  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F (200°C)
  2. Loosen the kataifi and then chop into small pieces – about 3cm wide. Place it into a Swiss Diamond Nonstick Sauteuse and pour the melted butter over the top. Mix with your hands to ensure the all of the pastry soaked in the butter
  3. Place half of the pastry in the bottom of a round ovenproof dish, and scatter the cheese and the pistachios over the top. Layer the remaining pastry over the top, ensuring an even distribution. Press it down firmly. Place in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
  4. In a small Swiss Diamond Saucepan, add the sugar, water, orange blossom water and honey and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir until the sugar has melted
  5. Remove the kanafeh from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Pour the sugar syrup over the top. Allow to sit and soak in the syrup for at least 15 minutes before turning out onto a serving plate.

*Pro tip: Watch the end of the video to get the Good Chef Bad Chef tips on how to flip the pastry out of the pan and onto the serving plate with ease.