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This Middle Eastern Dessert Is The Answer To Your Cheesiest Dreams

Sweet, rich, crunchy and creamy, this dessert is LOVE.

Posted on

3 June 2017

video credit: Yummyy/YouTube

If the image of anything cheese-meltingly sweet makes you want to dance then get your grooves on, you’re in for a roll.

Say hello to Middle East’s cheesecake — kanafeh. A sweet, rich, crunchy and creamy cheese pastry soaked in sweet sugary syrup. Also referred to as kunafeh, kunafah, konafa or kanafeh (it’s all the same), this heavenly pastry is traditionally made of semolina, butter, palm oil.

The pastry is then coated with soft white cheese (such as string, mozzarella), akkawi or Nabulsi. A thick syrup is poured on the pastry (made of sugar, water, a few drops of rose water and lemon juice) during the final minutes of cooking. Crushed pistachios are then sprinkled on top as a garnish — no wonder it's on top of every Arabic sweet list.

In case you've minutes away from entering the food trance, watch this quick tutorial by YouTube channel @Yummyy to learn how to make Kanafeh at home this Eid.