Saturday, July 28, 2012

When In Turkey: Künefe


This post is titled somewhat incorrectly, since künefe really isn't Turkish at all, it's Arab (Palestinian to be precise).  But Turkey was the first place I tried the crunchy, salty/sweet delight and therefore I will always associate the two.


If you've never encountered künefe before in either its Turkish or Arab contexts, it's a wonderful dessert made with thin strips of dough that are surround a mozzarella-like cheese (in that it's semi-hard and its texture becomes elastic when heated) and then cooked (ehem fried) in oil or butter.  According to Wikipedia, Arabs roll the dough strips around the cheese while Turks layer dough strips, cheese, and then dough strips again.  In the final minutes of preparation, a rose scented simple syrup is poured over the final product.


Künefe is an absurdly delicious combination of so many different flavors and textures.  If you've never tasted it, I suggest you run (not walk) to your nearest Turkish or Arab restaurant.

9 comments:

Sabijo said...

You can also request that Aula make you some, its soo darned good!! Though I think I like it better with less syrup.

Reyhan Yesilnacar said...

You can make kunefe by using this free recipe.
http://www.turkishthymecooking.com.au/turkish-recipes/desserts/kunefe.html

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Turkish Künefe, is a cheese pastry made in the Hatay region of Turkey. It is said the best Künefe can be found in the town of Antakya in Hatay.Künefe can be found in the various Arabic countries under various names. Though the original Künefe is thought to originate in Palestine where it is called Kenafeh.



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Shristhi Ahuja said...

I don't bother whether the dish is Turkish or Arab, it altogether fantastic and I loved it.

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Anonymous said...

Kunafe is a Palestenian desserts bur I love it most when I tried it in Tueky. .very nice