RICOTTA CHEESE KUNAFA



Here’s my little virtual treat on the occasion of celebration of Eid...Kunafa!! It’s the most special Arabic dessert made during the occasion of holy celebrations of Eid in most Arab households... Of all the Middle Eastern desserts, Kunafa rules all. It’s royalty. It’s supreme. It’s an amazing blend of crispy Kunafa dough sandwiched with the layer of gooey cheese dredged in sugar syrup and topped with pistachios. It’s the most popular, most loved and super delicious dessert.

There is whole lot of variations out there from different cheese filling to different shapes and flavours. I added my own little spin to it with the ricotta cheese filling and sweetened with saffron syrup...it was to die for. Until then enjoy my virtual treat this Eid. Eid Mubarak 2020!✨✨



 

PREP TIME: 20 minutes BAKE TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes SERVES: 10-12




INGREDIENTS


For Kunafa:

  • 300g Kunafa dough, frozen or fresh, shredded to 1-1/2 inch long strands

  • 125g butter/ghee, melted

For Filling:

  • 250g ricotta cheese

  • 250g mozzarella cheese, grated

For Sugar Syrup:

  • 2 cups crystal white sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tsp lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 tsp rose water

  • Pinch of saffron threads


For Garnish:

  • 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped

  • 5-6 dried English rose buds

  • Few saffron strands


METHOD


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Gr