Kunafa Recipes Reimagined

Kunafa (aka kanafah or knefeh)  is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert originally from Nablus, Palestine, though equally popular in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. Although each country has a slightly different way of preparing it, the basics are cheese, semolina dough and lots and lots of sugar syrup. These days, people have started to diverge from the traditional way of indulging in this dessert– you will never believe how people are eating kunafa!

Kunafa Cheesecake

Kunafa Cheesecake

Kunafa Cheesecake

Since Kunafa is a cheese based dessert, then it would make sense to make a cheesecake out of it. Filled with cardamom and cinnamon, this recipe is definitely a must-try.

Red Velvet Kunafa Cups

Red Velvet Kunafa

Red Velvet Kunafa

You might not think that red velvet and kunafa go well together but let’s try to remember what goes on top of your cupcake that makes it so delicious. That’ right, cream CHEESE frosting. You can find the recipe here.

Nutella Kunafa

Kunafa Recipes

Nutella makes everything better. And let’s face it, it goes with everything. This recipe switches the cheese filling with a creamy Nutella layer. It looks absolutely delicious.

Kunafa Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Kunafa

Grilled Cheese Kunafa

Imagine having this for breakfast! Comfort food meets sweet comfort food for a mash-up made in heaven. Using kunafa topped toast for one side and plain toast on the other side for a delicious mozzarella cheese sandwich. You can find the recipe here.

Mango Kunafa

Mango Kunafa

Mango Kunafa

Although mango kunafa is popular in Egypt, many other countries still find it strange. However, the juiciness of the fruit add a fresh component to the dessert and makes it summer-friendly. If you enjoy the aroma of mangos then you should definitely try this recipe.  

Kunafa Cones

Kunafa Cones

Kunafa Cones

If you are looking for a new way to serve kunafa, then you should try this recipe. These are great for parties where you can’t be bothered to sit down and you need to hold the cone in your hand.  

If you are a kunafa fan and you enjoyed these recipes, you might also like this blog post about the Dessert Queen, Knefeh.