How to make Kadaif | Kadaif (Kataifi) Recipe

How to make kadaif

Last Sunday was baking day. I made the famous baklava and shared with you the recipe. Today, I want to continue with famous Turkish / Ottoman dessert recipes. In this post, I would like to share with you how to make Kadaif.

What is Kadaif

Kadaif (Kadayif) is a Middle Eastern dessert prepared with kataifi, a spun pastry soaked in a sweet, sugar-based syrup and stacked ingredients like pistachios, or pecans, depending on the region. Variants are also found in Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans.

In Turkish, the string pastry is known as tel kadayıf, and the cheese-based dessert that uses it as künefe. In the Balkans, the shredded dough is similarly known as kadaif, and in Greece as kataifi, and is the basis of various dishes rolled or layered with it, including dessert pastries with nuts and sweet syrups.

Kataifi recipe

Kadaif and Knafe

“In the Hatay region of Turkey, which was formerly part of Syria and has a large Arab population, the pastry is called künefe and the wiry shreds are called tel kadayıf. A semi-soft cheese such as Urfa peyniri (cheese of Urfa) or Hatay peyniri (cheese of Hatay), made of raw milk, is used in the filling. In making the künefe, the kadayıf is not rolled around the cheese; instead, cheese is put in between two layers of wiry kadayıf. It is cooked in small copper plates, and then served very hot in syrup with clotted cream (kaymak) and topped with pistachios or walnuts. In Turkish cuisine, there is also yassı kadayıf and ekmek kadayıfı, none of which is made of wiry shreds.”


Kadaif Pastry
Kadaif Pastry

Where to Buy Kataifi Pastry

You can find Kataifi Pastry (Shredded Fillo (Phyllo) Dough Kataifi) in many Turkish and Middle Eastern grocery stores, or online. For this recipe, you only need 500 gr (17 ounces) kadaifi Pastry.

How to make kadaif

How to make Kadaif | Kadaif (Kataifi) Recipe

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  1. talia kelly says:

    I tried Kadaif in Turkey last year and I fell in love with it. Yesterday, I prepared your recipe and I loved how it turned out.

    Thank you for sharing this yummy dessert. I will definitely make it again.

  2. Kadaif is my favorite Turkish dessert.

    I made this today and it tasted excellent . My kids loved it.

    I have been making kadaif since years and I have to say that your recipe is my favorite. Not too sweet and quite juicy.

    Thank you.

  3. michael olaf says:

    My girlfriend is from Turkey. Last week, we visited her parents and had this mouth-watering dessert after dinner. It was my first kadaif. DELICIOUS!!! Yesterday we tried this recipe and it turned out perfectly. My girlfriends mother likes this recipe,too.

    Thank you 👍

  4. I like the way you post your Recipes-step by step with pics 👏👏👏

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