Kanafa – Middle Eastern cheesecake


Do not let the appearance scare you away . I promise it is easy to make and tastes fantastic.
This wonderful good cake , originated from the 1200s. Original country, it is not known with certainty, but the area Palestine, Syria , Turkey is closest at hand , but you can find it in the entire Middle East , North Africa and Greece. The pronunciation and the recipes vary enormously but the joint is the hairy dough that can be bought ready .

You will love this hairy cake for sure 🙂 As my kids named it the first time they eat it. 🙂

1 package Kanafa dough
Syrup :
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups water
150g butter
1 tablespoon rose water
1 1/2 cups cream
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tbsp corn flour
1 package of cream cheese
Chopped nuts for decoration
Boil until the syrup until it becomes thick. Melt butter and spread it into the dough . Add half of the dough in a mold. Cook the filling until it is thickened. Bake half the dough 200 degrees C until it got light color. Add the filling. And the last of Kanafa dough. Bake until nicely browned , about 20 minutes . Then turn the syrup over the cake .]


7 Comments Add yours

  1. sandradan1 says:

    Hi, thanks for finding and following my Spanish blog. I think I’m going to enjoy your recipes, love the Middle Eastern influence. SD


    1. Dinner Bank says:

      I love Spanish food as well and there will be some from there as well. 🙂 I will take you on a journey around the world with food. Enjoy


  2. Wil says:

    Wonderful blog site — thank you. The Kanafa cheesecake sounds intriguing, but I’m not much of a cook myself. Are there restaurants where I could get that kind of cheesecake?


  3. Wil says:

    Great post. Are there restaurants that would serve this Kanafa cheesecake?

    (Apologies if this comment is duplicate — I got an error the first time.)



    1. Dinner Bank says:

      Thanks 🙂 Yes its a great cheesecake and Im sure you will like it a lot. 🙂 You will find it in Middleeast resturants/cafés. They are the best once ever 🙂


  4. Eva Lefoy says:

    Nowhere to buy this in Wenatchee. I’ll have to look in Seattle or online for the dough.


    1. Dinner Bank says:

      Please do. 🙂 Try any middleeast/arab food shops Im pretty sure almost everyone has it. 🙂


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