Shredded pastry with cheese & sugar syrup

Shredded pastry with cheese & sugar syrup

Künefe

By
From
Turkish Fire
Serves
12-16
Photographer
Alicia Taylor

This rich dessert is delicious, it’s crispy, it’s divine. It should be eaten hot, while the cheese is still oozing. In Turkey, it is generally cooked in a wood-fired oven, but of course you can also use an electric or gas oven.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g see method for ingredients, (see note)
250g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
400g unsalted young cheddar or mozzarella, grated
100g ground pistachio nuts

Syrup

Quantity Ingredient
460g caster sugar
375ml water
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Method

  1. Light a wood-fired oven, or preheat your oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix all the syrup ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10–15 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, place the pastry in a large bowl. Gently loosen the strands with your fingertips. Pour the melted butter over the pastry and mix well with your fingers, to coat all the pastry with butter.
  4. Spread half the pastry in a large baking dish and sprinkle the cheese over the top. Spread the remaining pastry on top, then flatten the pastry down all over. Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until the pastry is golden.
  5. Remove from the oven and pour the cooled syrup over the hot pastry. Sprinkle the ground pistachios over and serve immediately.

Note

  • Kadayıf is a kind of filo pastry that has been shredded into fine threads or strands, and looks like a shredded-wheat breakfast cereal. It also goes by the Greek name, kataifi, and is available from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean grocery stores.
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Turkish
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