Kunafa is an Arabic dessert dish. Countries all over the middle east have their own variations for this recipe. Some being very similar while others have their own uniqueness. This dish is made of shredded phyllo pastry, a simple syrup and a filling.There are many variations of fillings including banana, cream, raisins, nuts, cheese, to name a few. The shredded phyllo pastry which resembles shredded wheat, can be found either fresh or frozen in supermarkets which stock middle eastern food products.
Many people are intimidated by this recipe thinking that it is very complicated. To be honest I too was a little intimidated at first. However once I did it and saw my result I was able to make it more simplified and still have a delicious taste!
The following recipe I have listed here is an Egyptian variation. It is very simple and is comprised of a raisin filling.
Wonderfully delicious served with a cup of tea or coffee :)
For the syrup:
* 2 cups sugar
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 a small lemon
For the cake:
* 500 grams of Raw Kunafa dough
* 1 cup raisins
Preheat your oven to 350 F (175 C)
Grease generously both the bottom and sides of an 8" X 8" round pan.
Steps for the syrup:
7. Add the remaining mixture, covering the raisins. Repeat the same process of pressing the mixture down very well until flat and level.
8. Place the kunafa in the oven for 35 minutes leaving it to become a golden color.