Kunafa the Traditionally Desert

150 mins (prep 60, cooking 90)
18 ingredients
12 servings
Kunafa is like the Middle East's version of a cheese danish. Its base is mild, stretchy white cheese--very like fresh mozzarella or paneer--with a topping of rich semolina pastry, all of it soaked in sweet rosewater syrup. The sweet is baked in giant rounds, and cut into pieces for serving. Although kunafa is popular in many parts of the Middle East, it is apparently native the ancient Palestinian city of Nablus, on the West Bank. Nablus Sweets in Bay Ridge takes great pride in the confection, which it spells k'nafee. This morning, around noon, the sweet was still in the oven. When it finally emerged, it was an orange-tinted wonder, leaking melted cheese and syrup, probably more than two feet in diameter.The counterwoman cut a drippy slice and weighed it: $6 for a portion that would feed three enthusiastic eaters. And the kunafa is delicious, the mild, slightly tangy cheese anchoring the sugary, nutty semolina on top. In 2009, a pastry chef in Nablus (palestine) made the world's largest kunafa. It was 243 feet long and weighed 3,891 pounds. It was shared among the residents of the city.

Categories:  palestinian , <-4-hours , lebanese , appetizer , southwest-asia-(middle-east) , time-to-make , asian ,
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Serving Size (234.68 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 870.71 Calories from Fat 509.04
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 56.56g 1044.1%
Saturated Fat 18.4g 1104.16%
Trans Fat 0.62g %
Cholesterol 68.61mg 274.43%
Sodium 498.2mg 249.1%
Total Carbohydrate 81.27g 325.07%
Dietary Fiber 4.64 g 222.66%
Sugars 36.46 g %
Protein 16.4g 393.51%
Vitamin A 698.07IU% Vitamin C 1.1mg%
Calcium 146.85mg% Iron 3.5mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
whole, soft