Cheese Knefe – The Ultimate Lebanese Breakfast

Posted on Apr 2 2012 - 4:30pm by Matt Kaludi

I’ve been putting this post off for so long. I just didn’t want to write about knefe (or knefeh) in Australia because I couldn’t possibly have done it justice. Let me start by explaining what knefe is. First of all, though it is sweet, knefe is not considered to be dessert; it’s a meal all on its own and it’s most commonly eaten for breakfast. A layer of ground kataifi pastry is kneaded with ghee, laid on top of a layer of akkawi cheese (de-salted) and is baked until the cheese goes super-stretchy and the pastry a deep, golden brown. The huge tray the knefe is baked in is called a sidr, and the sidr is displayed outside most patisseries: showing off your knefe creates a swift trade. When you order a knefe, a special sesame seed bun called kaakeh is stuffed till it explodes with cheese and pastry and is then doused with sugar syrup. Knefe needs to be eaten on the spot, hot and stretchy.

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  1. admin April 15, 2012 at 3:06 am - Reply

    When you order a knefe, a special sesame seed bun called kaakeh is stuffed till it explodes with cheese and pastry and is then doused with sugar syrup. Knefe needs to be eaten on the spot, hot and stretchy.

  2. Jeanine June 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Just testing, seeing what the comments look like when there is more than one.

    • Maria August 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      Just testing to see what the threaded comments look like

      • Maria August 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm - Reply

        One more test

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