Kunafah is a Middle Eastern dessert made with cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup. It is a specialty of the Arab world


Cooking Time:
00:00 Min

Equipment 1, Equipment 2, Equipment 3


  • Kunafa dough – 300 gram
  • Unsalted butter – 100 gram (melted)
  • Thick cream – 250 ml
  • Grated mozzarella cheese – 200 gram
  • Sugar Syrup – (recipe is given below)
  • Pistachios – 3 tbsp (powdered)


For the sugar syrup

  • Water – 1 ½ cup
  • Sugar – 2 ½ cup
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
  • Rose water – 2 tsp
  • Orange blossom water – 1 tsp

How to Cook!

For Kunafah

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Grease a round cake tin with little butter and keep it ready.
  2. Shred the Kunafa dough with your hands. Add melted butter to this and combine evenly.
  3. Move half this to the greased cake tin and spread all over including the sides of the cake tin and press lightly with your hands.
  4. Add half of the thick cream over this and spread all over. Add the mozzarella cheese over it and again top it with the remaining thick cream.
  5. Cover it with the remaining Kunafa dough and again press lightly to set it evenly.
  6. Bake it in the preheated oven for about 40 – 45 minutes, or till the top portion turns a golden colour. Remove from the oven.
  7. Pour the syrup all over the baked Kunafa (reserve ¼ cup to pour after inverting the Kunafa to a plate) and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  8. Invert it to a plate and pour the remaining syrup over it. Top it with powdered pistachios. Serve hot, warm or cooled.

Sugar Syrup

  1. In a saucepan, combine together water sugar and lemon juice and bring to boil.
  2. Reduce the flame and heat it for another 6 – 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from the flame and add rose water and orange blossom water.
  4. Leave it to cool to room temperature. Pour this over the baked Kunafa

You can add orange food colour if you need a nice colour for the Kunafa