Banana Knaafe

Knaafe is another traditional mid-eastern sweet, which is widely sold here, where ever you look. When Scott informed me with this event, making knaafe comes to my mind, the only thing challenging is that I have to add fruit, so to make the little twist on the original recipe, I used banana. Baked banana, pistachio, melted cheese and heavy syrup…. mmm… heavenly isn’t it?


  • Glucose syrup
  • 150 gr of shredded Fillo dough
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1 stick of butter 
  • 250 gr Haloumi/ Ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup pistachios 
  • 1/2 cup powder sugar
  • 1 tsp orange  food colouring
  • 1 tsp  orange blossom water


  1. Melt butter in sauce pan in a low heat,  while melting add the shredded fillo dough gradually, when the dough absorb all the butter, remove from the heat and  divide the dough into two equal portions.
  2. Heat the oven, 200′ C
  3. Mix cheese , powder sugar, and orange blossom water in a blender.
  4. Arrange the banana on the pan, cover with the  1/2 prepared dough, lay the cheese patties on top of it.
  5. Mix the orange food colouring with the rest of the dough, and cover the cheese patties layer.
  6. Baked for 20 mins with bottom fire and another 20 mins with upper fire.
  7. Garnish with pistachio and pour the heavy syrup just before serving, best eaten while still warm.

  1. At first I thought this was a tomato baked dish… But reallt this sounds much more interesting! So cool the technic to use the phillo, to cook it in the butter. I’m sure it’s delicious!

  2. I’ve never heard of Knaafe before, but this sounds so interesting! I don’t eat cheese, but I’m sure that this would be a hit with the mister 🙂

  3. Oh that does sound super interesting

  4. Yes, heavenly, but barely legal 😉 I’ve never heard of this but it sounds amazing.

    • ichaawe
    • October 8th, 2008

    baru denger knaafe… konafa kah??? ato gak sama.
    belom pernah nyobain.

    gmn zit… jd pindahan gak say???

  5. Never heard of this before. Interesting stuff. I was almost sure there were tomatoes on top.

  6. Dooh…keliatannya mak nyuss banget, didukung foto yang cantik lagi 🙂

  7. I’m another one who’d not heard of it before – but have now.

    It looks delicious!

  8. What an interesting combination of ingredients.
    The first shot does look heavenly indeed!

  9. YUMMMMM!!

  10. zit, itu sengaja pake soft focus banget2 mengaca kepada molly ya? heavy syrup itu apa, zit? apa semacam golden syrup, molasses atau treacle? baru dengen istilah heavy syrup.

    • Nin
    • October 26th, 2008

    gak nyangka di bawahnya itu pisang ya….
    Tapi bahannya banyak yang gak tahu

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