Recipe By Rusna Chowdhury
Ingredients: Phyllo dough (kataifi) 1 (16 ounce) box
Ricotta cheese1 (15 ounce) container
Mozzarella cheese 1 cup shredded
Sugar 1/3 cup
Unsalted butter 12 ounces
Food Colour As your Choice
For the syrup: Sugar 1 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Lemon juice 1 teaspoon
Rose water 1/8 teaspoon
Directions to Make: Preheat an oven to 3.50 degrees F. Use a food processor to finely chop the frozen, shredded phyllo dough. Pour the dough into a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together the ricotta, mozzarella, and 1/3 cup sugar.
Place the butter in a large liquid measuring cup or bowl with a spout. Heat the butter in a microwave until completely melted, and let it sit for several minutes until a thick white foam has formed on top. Clarify the butter by using a spoon to skim off the foam.
Carefully pour the butter into the bowl of phyllo dough. Use your hands to mix the butter and dough together. Make sure that the butter is absorbed by taking handfuls of the dough and rubbing it between your palms.
Evenly spread the buttered 1/2 phyllo dough into a Round Or Square pan and firmly press it into the bottom and edges.
Spread the cheese mixture onto the dough,Than put the rest Buttered mixture top of the cheese mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is slightly golden and the edges of dough are brown and bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes or as needed .
*********While the kanafa is baking, prepare the syrup.************
Combine the water and 1/2 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the lemon juice. Simmer, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and add the rose water, set aside.
Remove the kanafa from the oven. Place a large platter or baking sheet over the baking dish. Using oven mitts or cotton kitchen towel .
carefully invert the baking dish onto the platter so the phyllo is on top. Pour the syrup over the kanafa. Cut into pieces As your choice . square or or trickle shape.
Decorate With your own Choice. Serve it warm or cold .