Indulge in the sweet and creamy flavours of traditional Middle Eastern cuisine with my homemade Kataifi Knafeh Dessert. Made with stringy kataifi pastry and filled with a sweet creamy filling, this impressive dessert is best served hot. For a no-bake option, try our recipe for Arabian Milk Pudding. Perfect for any occasion, especially dinner parties, this kataifi knafeh sweet is a must-try for anyone looking to explore new and delicious flavours.
Preheat oven to 180° degrees
To make the sugar syrup; place sugar and water in a small saucepan on medium to low. Once the sugar dissolves, squeeze in the lemon juice and continue to boil for a further 5 minutes or until the syrup slightly thickens.
Stir in orange blossom water and remove from heat. Allow to cool completely.
To make the creamy filling, add milk, cornflour, semolina, and sugar into a saucepan. Whisk continuously over medium heat. Once the mixture slightly thickens, add orange blossom water.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate for a few hours for the mixture to set. Once set, add the reduced-fat cream- whisk well until smooth.
Place kataifi pastry into a large bowl. Shred by gently pulling threads of pastry apart with your hands. Pour combined melted ghee and butter over the pastry and mix well, making sure that each shred of pastry is covered in the ghee and butter mixture. Continue to gently pull apart the kataifi pastry.
I highly recommend you use patty pans in the tin (I know I haven't used them here but I do most times - See Notes from Rouba) otherwise grease the muffin tin with melted butter
Divide ⅓ of the pastry into the base of a muffin tray. Bake for 10 minutes or until the pastry is golden.
Evenly divide the creamy ashta filling into the tin. Top evenly and generously with the remaining pastry.
Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Once Knafeh is ready, rest for 5 minutes and gently remove it from the tin. Drizzle with the orange blossom syrup (about 1 tablespoon each or more if you wish).
Garnish with pistachio and rose Petals