Popular in Lebanon and around the Middle East, Knefeh is a much-loved syrup-soaked cheese dessert mostly enjoyed for breakfast with Ater which is Arabic for Sugar Syrup! 🙂 Now since in Lebanon we enjoy this privilege in almost every bakeshop and gourmet, I decided to share with you a simple recipe to create this little wonder and host a sweet party in your taste-buds!
160 G Unsalted & Melted Butter
440 G Corn Flakes, finely Crushed (Easier than the kataifi pastry but you can use it as well)
41/2 Cups Milk
110 G Caster Sugar
90 G Fine Semolina
600 ML Thickened Cream
1 TBSP Corn Flour
1 TBSP Rose Water
500 G Sweetened Akkawi Cheese (You should soak it in water overnight a day before because it’s super salty but believe me it’s worth it ;))
440 G Caster Sugar
1/2 TBSP Lemon Juice
1/2 TBSP Rose Water
Step By Step:
Mix Corn Flakes and Melted Butter in a bowl to combine and completely coat the cereals then pour half of the mixture in your 24 cm x 34 cm x 4 cm tray. Keep it refrigerated until needed.
Dissolve Cornflour in 1 TBSP of warm water then add it to a large saucepan containing milk, sugar, semolina and cream; place mixture over medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly, for 12 minutes or until very thick. after that, remove from heat and stir with Rose Water, then allow the mixture to cool a bit.
Now the Fun Part! Preheat your oven to 180ºC & spoon half of the semolina mixture over Corn Flake base, then scatter over Akkawi cheese. Cover with the rest of the semolina mixture, then scatter over remaining Corn Flake mixture.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges start to bubble, then remove from the oven and allow it to cool completely before refrigerating it overnight.
Ater or Sugar Syrup is pretty easy to make! Place the Sugar with 1 cup of water water (250 ML) over medium heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved, It should be ready after 8 minutes of stirring or when you feel like the mixture has thickened; Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
TIME TO EAT 😀 Preheat your oven to 200ºC and bake Knefeh for 10 minutes or until Cheese just starts to ooze from the sides. Drizzle with Syrup and cut into portions then decorate with pistachios. Serve Immediately!
There you have it loves ❤ The Perfect and easiest Knefeh Recipe there is! Don’t forget to share it with your friends and send me your feedback! Until Next Time 😉