Knafe - Our family recipe revealed!

Posted on July 03 2016

Knafe - Our family recipe revealed!


1 pint half and half

1 pint heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup yellow semolina

1 tbsp sugar

8 oz ricotta cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tbsp orange blossom water

2 sticks butter (or butter flavor Crisco)

1 1/4 box shredded filo dough

Crushed pistachios for garnish (optional)


Atir (syrup):

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp orange blossom water


Mix half and half, whipping cream, and yellow semolina on high heat continuously stirring until it boils. Once boiled, turn off the heat, and mix in ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and orange blossom water.

Melt one stick of butter at the bottom of a large foil/glass tray, add half the shredded filo dough (shredding it as you go). Pour cheese filling on top avoiding sides. Top the remaining shredded filo dough, and finish with one stick butter melted, spreading evenly on top.

Atir (syrup):
Add sugar and water on med/high heat, stirring frequently until boils. Add lemon and orange blossom water, turn down to medium heat and let boil for 10 minutes for atir to thicken.
Bake 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, or until golden brown. Top with atir (syrup) immediately after removed from oven and let sit for 20 minutes.

You can thank Mrs. Jondy (mama bear) for this anytime you use it, and we hope you will!
Bon Appetite!!


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  • Aisha Siddiqui: October 29, 2020

    I have made this kinafe for the holiday and I said the recipe was from “mama jundys”. My friend googled “mama jundys”restaurant to find out where I bought it from. It’s a huge hit in chicago!!

  • Simmy: July 06, 2016

    How large is the tray?

  • Sadia: July 05, 2016

    How do you shred filo dough like that or does it come shredded? I’ve only seen filo sheets or cups sold in the stores, so curious.

  • Ruba Mahfouz-Alkotob: July 03, 2016

    Thank you so much for sharing ladies!!!
    I’ve always wanted a tried and tested yummy kunafa recipe & this tops them all! <3

  • Khadija M.: July 03, 2016

    Definitely going to make this insha’Allah! Thanks ladies

  • Amena Moiz: July 03, 2016

    OH.MY.GOSH. I have no words- I have been eating her knafe since 7th grade and now you have shared it with your customers- I will attest that I have eaten many a knafe but Khalay Ghada’s (Mama Bear) knafe is incredibly delicious- thanks for the recipe girls!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • S I: July 03, 2016

    This is probably the best kinafa I’ve ever had- it’s so generous of you all to share the recipe and letting ur customers be a part of the family :)

  • Rukhsana Yadmin: July 03, 2016

    Thank you so much for sharing that with us ?

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