half a package kataifi dough
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup syrup
1 cup clarified butter (sometimes i use vegetable shortening)
2 cups milk
one fresh mozzarella cheese ball or 1 lb sweet cheese (from Middle Eastern store)
1/2 cup farina (semolina)
2 cups sugar
1.5 cup water
half a lemon
1 tsp orange blossom water (optional)
Ground pistachios for garnish
this is how the kataifi dough box looks like (or similar)
this is the dough itself. (more like shredded hair)
take half of the dough and place in a food proccessor.
this is still too big
place in a deep bowl.
this is the brand of panko breadcrumbs i used. its the only one i found that day. make sure its PLAIN.
add the 1 cup panko to the dough mix.
I forgot to mention while you’re preparing the dough mix, put the sugar and water to start boiling. this is for your syrup.
after it starts boiling, squeeze half a lemon and add 1 tsp orange blossom water and let boil for another 10 mins then reove from stove. and let cool.
back to the dough, add 1 cup clarified butter and mix. how to clarify butter: melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave or on the stove top. when its all melted, scoop off the top white foamy stuff (the milk in the butter) and whats yellow is the clarified butter. simple!
add 1/2 cup syrup to the mix.
mix well and let rest a lil so everything absorbs.
now for the cheese…. this is the cheese i used. i bought ready from the middle eastern grocery. its in the freezer section usually. its called sweet cheese for knafa and sweets. or just go with the recipe and use fresh mozzerella balls
cut it big slices
pat it with a paper towel to remove excess water.
place all in food proccessor and blend until crumbly.
place the dough mix in a pan and press with ur hands until firmly packed down and there are no gaps.
get your 2 cups milk and in a pan, heat until almost boiling. add the 1/2 cup farina (semolina) and mix until cooked and thick.
once thick and ready ( texture should be as thick as cooked cream of wheat or oatmeal grits)
take off heat , add the crumbled cheese and mix well.
pour over the dough mix in pan.
spread it out evenly. place in already heated oven at 400 f and leave in for about 30 mins until golden brown from bottom. i like to use the clear glass pans so its easier to tell the color. flip it over another pan or plate. cut, drizzle cooled syrup on top, add ground pistachios for garnish and serve hot!