Künefe – Turkish Dessert to Fall in Love With

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine European
Servings 6 people
Calories 405 kcal


For the sugar syrup

  • 200 ml Water
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 1 Splash Lemon juice

For the Künefe

  • 250 g Kadayif (angel hair)
  • 2 Mozzarella
  • 125 g Butter
  • 1 tbsp Grape syrup (pekmez)


  • 1 handful Pistachios


Make sugar syrup

  • Put the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Then cook until the syrup thickens slightly and flows off the spoon like a ribbon. Then add lemon juice and set aside to cool.


  • Cut the kadayif into small pieces and pull apart with your fingers in a large bowl and loosen up. Remove 2 tablespoons from the butter and mix with the grape syrup. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan and pour over the threads of dough and then knead with your hands so that all threads of dough are moistened with the butter. Brush a baking pan generously with the grape syrup butter. Cut the mozzarella into slices.
  • Now distribute the Kadayif threads in the molds so that the bottom is covered with them. Use half the threads for a large baking dish or baking sheet. Press the threads flat with your hands. Spread a layer of mozzarella on top and cover with the remaining strings of dough. Press very firmly with your hands and, for example, a glass. Bake in the preheated oven at 220 ° C for about 15-20 minutes until the surface is golden.
  • Pour the cold syrup over the Künefe while it is still hot and garnish with finely chopped pistachios. Enjoy warm. Good Appetite!


Serving: 100gCalories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 99.8g
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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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