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LEBANESE KATAIFI DESSERT
Shredded phyllo dough (Kataifi) is used throughout the middle East basically as dough for desserts. This is a Lebanese "take" on a popular Middle Eastern confection.
This dessert has an ingredient list that makes it truly Middle Eastern. Kataifi, dates, Halwa and ricotta cheese give one an immediate sense of Mediterranean and Arabic cuisine.
RECIPE PRINTED FROM: THEGUTSYGOURMET.NET©
INGREDIENTS: SERVES 1
● Kataifi (shredded phyllo dough)
● 6 X 6 inch square of aluminum foil
● Non-stick spray (Pam®)
● Granulated sugar
● Ricotta cheese
● 1 Teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
● ¼ cup "hair" Halwa or Halva (Middle Eastern sesame candy)**SEE COOK'S NOTE 1**
● 2 Teaspoon(s) Date honey "Silan"**SEE COOK'S NOTE 2**
1. Spray a handful of Shredded Kataifi dough with non-stick cooking spray and form the shredded
dough into a birds nest. Form the nest in a square of Aluminum foil to hold it's shape and set in
a baking pan. Sprinkle the nest with sugar and place in a 325ºF oven and bake until golden brown.
Set the nest aside to cool.
2. Mix 1/2 cup Ricotta cheese with a tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and place
in the birds nest.
3. Take "Hair Halwa or Halva", and shred into a hairlike form and place over the Ricotta mixture.
4. Mix together dates and honey into a liquid pulp and drizzle over the top of the halwa.
5. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve at room temperature.
1. "Hair" halwa or "pismaniye" in Turkish is a Middle Eastern sesame "cotton" candy that can be torn
into shreds. It is used here as a textured sweet topping for this dessert with a definite Arabic touch.
Showing the shredded appearance of the halwa or pismaniye.
Showing the box of "Pismaniye" as purchased from Amazon Foods
2. "Silan" is a date based syrup made from date pulp and is known as "date honey".
Showing the jar of Silan as purchased from
NOTE: ALTHOUGH NOT THE EXACT RECIPE SHOWN HERE, THE VIDEO BELOW SHOULD BE OF HELP.
HOW TO MAKE LEBANESE KATAIFI
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