Lebanese Kunafa Recipe


For the Kunafa:

  • 250 grams shredded phyllo dough (kadayıf)
  • 100 grams unsalted white cheese or string cheese
  • 100 grams unsalted ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

For the Syrup:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1.5 cups water
  • Juice of half a lemon

For Topping:

  • Pistachios or crushed walnuts


  1. Start by preparing the syrup. In a saucepan, combine the granulated sugar and water. Stir and bring to a boil. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the lemon juice and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes on low heat. Then, remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. Carefully separate the shredded phyllo dough into thin strands. Mix the melted butter with the phyllo, ensuring it’s evenly coated.
  3. Spread half of the prepared phyllo mixture in a baking dish, pressing it down gently to create an even layer.
  4. Grate the unsalted white cheese or string cheese over the phyllo layer. Then, spread the ricotta cheese over the white cheese.
  5. Spread the remaining phyllo mixture over the cheese layers and press down gently to create another even layer.
  6. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Bake the kunafa in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the top is nicely golden.
  7. Once out of the oven, immediately pour the cooled syrup over the hot kunafa. Allow the dessert to sit and absorb the syrup for a while.
  8. Garnish the top with crushed walnuts or pistachios.
  9. Slice and serve the kunafa. Lebanese kunafa is best enjoyed warm.

By following this recipe, you can create traditional Lebanese kunafa at home. Enjoy your meal!

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