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Turkish Künefe

If you have wondered what to do with your broken vermicelli, this Turkish classic considered to be one of the most delicious Turkish desserts, can be a fantastic option.  


For Syrup:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water

For Künefe:

  • 1 lb shredded vermicelli
  • ½ lb unsalted, shredded mozzarella cheese or any other white, stringy, unsalted cheese
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • ½ cup milk (optional)

For Decoration:

  • 2-3 tbsp finely ground pistachios


  • In a medium pot, combine sugar and water, let it boil and leave it cool.
  • shredded the vermicelli in a food processor, chopped with a sharp knife or simple crush it with your hands until it chops into small pieces.
  • Melt butter in a non-stick pan. Add the shredded vermicelli and mix continuously.
  • Add the milk and continue mixing until the butter and milk are completely incorporated into the shredded vermicelli. Remove from heat.
  • In a round pan or a Pyrex dish, place half of the buttered vermicelli and press with a spatula or your hands.
  • Distribute the shredded vermicelli, unsalted cheese evenly on top of the buttered vermicelli and press with a spatula or hands.
  • Add the rest of the buttered vermicelli on top of the cheese and distribute and press evenly.
  • Heat the oven to 375º F. Place the künefe pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and pour the cold syrup on the hot künefe. Let the künefe absorb the syrup for about 5 minutes.

Serve hot immediately and topped with cream or ice cream.

Enjoy it!


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