Captivating Konafa


Embark on a sweet adventure with Konafa, a beloved Middle Eastern dessert that charms with its unique texture and exquisite flavors. This shredded wheat pastry, often a centerpiece at celebrations, features a crispy golden exterior and a lusciously soft interior, typically filled with sweet cheese or cream. Drizzled with fragrant syrup and often garnished with nuts, Konafa is a symphony of textures and tastes that promises a memorable culinary experience.

Captivating Konafa

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: Makes about 8 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 slice

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Sugar: 30g


  • Shredded phyllo dough (Konafa dough): 500g (1.1 lbs / 17.6 oz)
  • Melted unsalted butter: 120g (0.26 lbs / 4.2 oz)
  • Sweet cheese (like Akkawi or Mozzarella), soaked and drained: 400g (0.88 lbs / 14 oz)
  • For the Syrup:
  • Sugar: 300g (0.66 lbs / 10.6 oz)
  • Water: 240ml (8 oz)
  • Lemon juice: 15ml (0.5 oz)
  • Orange blossom water: 5ml (0.17 oz)
  • Ground pistachios: For garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Syrup: Combine sugar, water, and lemon juice in a saucepan. Boil until syrupy, then add orange blossom water. Cool.
  2. Prep Konafa Dough: Mix the shredded phyllo with melted butter until evenly coated.
  3. Assemble Konafa: In a baking pan, layer half the dough, press the cheese on top, then cover with remaining dough.
  4. Bake: Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) for 20 minutes or until golden.
  5. Finish with Syrup: Pour cooled syrup over the hot Konafa.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle with ground pistachios and serve.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Butter Distribution: Ensure even coating of butter on the dough for a crisp texture.
  • Cheese Preparation: Soak cheese if it's too salty and drain well.
  • Syrup Timing: Pour syrup on hot Konafa for best absorption.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different filling? 

Yes, sweetened cream or nuts can be used.

How long does Konafa last? 

Best enjoyed fresh but can be stored for 1-2 days.

Can Konafa be made in advance? 

Assemble in advance but bake just before serving.