Shredded Phyllo and Sweet Cheese Pie (Knafe)


This dessert combines crunchy shredded phyllo with a sweet cheese filling, all accented with a simple syrup.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 632
Fat 37g
Saturated fat 22g
Carbohydrates 56g
Sodium 666mg
Fiber 1g
Protein 19g
Cholesterol 96mg

Shredded Phyllo and Sweet Cheese Pie (Knafe)

1 (9-inch-round) pie
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  • 1 lb. pkg. shredded phyllo dough (kataifi dough)
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • [1/2] cup whole milk
  • 2 TB. semolina flour
  • 1 lb. ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 TB. sugar
  • 1 cup Simple Syrup


In a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, pulse shredded phyllo and butter 10 times. Transfer mixture to a bowl.

In a small saucepan over low heat, warm whole milk.

Stir in semolina flour, and cook for 1 minute.

Rinse the food processor, and to it, add ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, sugar, and semolina mixture. Blend for 1 minute.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

In a 9-inch-round baking dish, add [1/2] of shredded phyllo mixture, and press down to compress. Add cheese mixture, and spread out evenly. Add rest of shredded phyllo mixture, spread evenly, and gently press down. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Let pie rest for 10 minutes before serving with Simple Syrup drizzled over top.

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