Sunday, 2 May 2010

Kunafa, dessert from the Middle East

I made Kunafa, or as it is called in some region Osmalia (derived from Othman or Ottoman, as I would guess it might have started at the time of Ottoman Empire, correct me if am wrong)

You need:

A packet of Kunafa+ melted butter (about a cup I guess): break the kunafa in smaller pieces and mix it with the melted butter, some use ghee but I like the smell of butter.

For your middle sauce (cream) you need:

One and a half cup milk

Half cup of cream

About 4-6 tsp of cornflour

Sugar, rose water (optional)

You mix the ingredients and then cook them in low heat till the sauce thickens, keep staring it with a spoon so it doesn’t form lumps.

And of course you should have made your syrup earlier (sheera), I don’t use a specific amount to make it, use water and sugar and balance it depending on how much you want it to be- either very sweet or not.

Now, put half of the kunafa on a baking tray, squeeze it. Then add the sauce in the middle, then the other half of the kunafa. Bake it in your oven for less than 15 minutes or till it is golden.

When you take it out of the oven, add the cold syrup, otherwise if you like it dry, let it cool first then add the syrup. Add pistachio on top or as you like…now I leave you with the photos..:)

This is before baking it..

then after taking it out of the oven


Texan in UAE said...

My beautiful moon smile. :) I just drooled all over my keyboard. Thank God I just ate my weetabix for breaky. I am so full. But, this looks so delish. Yummy. Can I visit you? LOL Masha'a'Allah.

You know, one of my friends (from paliestien) she makes the best Kunafaever. She puts mozzarella cheese in hers. Yummy!

Your Kunafa looks amazing. (((hugs)))

MoOn SmiLe said...

Texan,first u are soo sweet, u make everyone feel so special :D:)..
U r welcome anytime dear..:)
Palestinains are the specialists, arent they, i ate one with mozzarella cheese in Qatar, it was delicious,specially when it's warm,yummy....
thanks 4 passing :)

aynzan said...

This is very delicious.We have tried this ocasionally. I'm still not familiar with some of the ingredients to make at home.

Anonymous said...

This looks so delicious! where can i find the kunafa to add in recipe? Is it found under some other name? Thanks

Anonymous said...

....also, what type of cream do u use?

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