Sunday, 9 September 2012

Kunafa (in qashta)

Finally, a long awaited recipe :) This was the first time I made it, and my mum was there telling me what to do step by step. You might find this recipe is different to others, as my mum has adapted it to make it a little more healthy, using less ghee! :) It isn't difficult, so long as you get hold of the ingredients...main one being the pastry! I have taken pictures along the way just to make sure everything is as clear as possible...enjoy :)

What you will need

- For the kunafa:

1 packet kataify pastry (I have put the picture of the one I used. This should be found in arabic/greek shops. If you are unsure of the name, tell the shop you need the special pastry for a kunafa, hopefully they will understand what you mean!)
2 tbsp ghee (samna), melted
3 cups milk
7 tbsp semolina
3 tbsp sugar
1 can of puck cream (shown in the previous basboosa recipe)
*Optional: Pistachio nuts for decorating

- For the sugar syrup:

1 + 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
Few drops of lemon juice

The kataify pastry used

Directions to make
1) Separate the pastry into two different oven proof pans, trying to make equal amounts in each

3) Rub the pastry with your fingers very well to shred it, ensuring none are stuck to one another

2) Take 3-4 tbsp of the melted ghee and place on each pan

3) Rub the pastry with the ghee to ensure the ghee mixes well with the pastry

4) Flatten out really well the pastry, ensuring you have given equal amounts of pastry to all sides of the pan, and have flattened out the edges (the more you flatten out and condense the pastry, the better! So put in all your strength and ensure you get a good flat, equal surface)

5) Place the two pans into a hot oven, and leave for approximately 10-15 minutes or until golden brown (as shown below)

Golden/brown pastry when it is removed from the oven
6) Meanwhile, my mum said to ensure I write that it is important to clean the surface after yourself, because the pastry can make a mess (had to add this point in for the mothers sake)! :)

7) So, whilst the the pastry is in the oven, it is now time to make the qashta, which is the filling. Add the milk, semolina and sugar into a pot and stir continuously over medium heat until you can tell the mixture has started to solidify and bubble (it might be tedious to keep stirring, but make sure you don't stop, otherwise it will become lumpy). 

When the mixture is still in the runny stage

This is how you want the mixture to look like

These bubbles will help indicate the mixture is done
8) Turn off the heat and add the can of puck cream to the mixture, mixing well, and set the mixture aside

9) Meanwhile, make the sugar syrup by placing the sugar and water in a saucepan and mix until it starts boiling. Once the mixture boils vigorously, place a few drops of lemon juice, mix for 30 seconds, then leave to continue boiling for a further minute

10) Take the qashta mixture and place over one of the pans containing the pastry. Turn the other pan (with just the pastry) on top of the mixture

11) Pour the sugar syrup evenly over the kunafa

12) Decorate with grated pistachios if you desire

Kunafaaaaaa <3

Yum yummy

I am really looking forward to making this again, and again and again :) I have to admit, it did taste amazing mashAllah, especially for a first attempt (well my first attempt, my mums hundredth attempt probably). Please do give this a go, and let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!


  1. Thank you thank you thank you SOOOO much for this! I will try to make this ASAP as soon as I am able to locate the kataify! Looking forward to more recipes. Keep it up!

  2. Nooo problem :) i hope you locate the kataify soon, as i would love to hear how it turns out! Thank you so much!

    1. This is a good blog you may want to check out:

    2. I just checked it out and i am left speechless! Amazing work, mashAllah!!! Thanks for recommending it, such an fabulous and useful blog!

  3. Wat should b te temp of oven?

  4. This kunafa always makes me happy when I see this even I always want to eat this and that recipe has perfectly made by my mom. Also my mom can make baklava very tastefully. Also I have started baklava delivery home service. My mom make this dessert and I used to sell it home to home.