Sweet Shredded Pastry With Cheese

Sample Dishes from Turkish Cuisine

Sweet Shredded Pastry With Cheese (Peynirli Künefe)

Sugar2 1/2 cup450 gr
Water1 3/4 cup350 gr
Lemon juice2 teaspoon10 gr
White cheese (unsalted)- -375 gr
Margarine1 cup200 gr
Kadayıf (Shredded pastry)- -500 gr


Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Boil gently for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice; stir. Boil for 1 minute. Set aside. Combine kadayıf shreds and melted butter in a pan. Break kadayıf shreds in butter blending well with tips of fıngers. Divide into half. Spread one half in a slightly greased baking pan 25x25 cm (9x9 inch). Press with fıngers slightly. Spread cheese over kadayıf shreds. Repeat same with remaining half, pressing fırmly this time. Bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven. Let stand for 2 minutes. Pour warm syrup over. Cover and let stand until syrup is absorbed. Cut into 5-6 cm (2-2 1/2 inch) squares. Arrange on a serving plate. Serve warm.

Servings: 12

Nutritional Value
(in approximately one serving)

Energy516 cal
Protein10 g
Fat22,4 g
Carbohydrates68,8 g
Calcium117 mg
Iron0,58 mg
Phosphorus158 mg
Zinc1 mg
Sodium72 mg
Vitamin A334 iu
Thiamine0,03 mg
Riboflavin0,02 mg
Niacin0,71 mg
Vitamin C0 mg
Cholesterol7 mg

Regional Characteristics:

This form of kadayıf is usually served warm following a full meal. Cottage, Ricotta or cream cheese can be substituted for white cheese.