Saturday, January 28, 2012

Armenian food: Kunefe

My friend and I had an awesome Armenian food night and this was dessert. We found a few different recipes but this was what we settled on. There are many variations:

1 package shredded phyllo dough (We just bought packaged)
2 sticks of melted clarified butter
1 15oz package of ricotta cheese
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup simple syrup for serving

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a large bowl, crumble the phyllo with your hands (or use a food proccessor) and then add melted butter and mix together. Put part of the mixture in the bottom of a pie pan.

Mix together the walnuts, sugar and cinnamon then put the mixture in a thin later it pie pan. Covered with riccota (Whatever mount you want, we didn't need a lot because it was a small pan). Then cover with the rest of the phyllo mixture.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is brown and crispy. Let cool for ten minutes the spoon the simple syrup onto the top of the kunefe and sprinkle with leftover walnut mixture (if you have any) and let cool for an additional 20 minutes before serving (we put ours in the fridge, it came out perfect).

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