While a similar dish, knafeh, is found throughout the Middle East, künefe is distinctly Turkish, believed to have originated in Hatay made specifically with the province's namesake cheese.
The künefe's thin, string-like strands of crunchy dough called tel kadafıy combined with its unsalted stretchy Hatay cheese provides an ideal contrast of textures, while the sherbet (a syrup made of water, sugar and lemon juice) poured on top lingered in our mouths.
But don't take our yummy word for it. Make it yourself, the authentic way!
Recipe inspired: Engin Dinç
YOUR CULTURE BOX INCLUDES:
Makes 1 x 7 inch cake
Authentic Künefe Ingredients
Künefe Aluminum Plate (7 inches) by Bazar
ALSO INCLUDED with EACH BOX!
INGREDIENTS & UTENSILS
For the Sherbet:
350g Organic Sugar
30ml Lemon Juice
For the Eze:
150g Unsalted Butter
For the Künefe:
300g Tel Kadayif (similar to filo dough)
200g Hatay cheese (similar to fresh mozzarella)
250g Kaymak (similar to clotted cream)