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Knafeh (Middle Eastern Custard Dessert)



6 portion(s)


  • 60 g Cornflakes
  • 20 g pistachios


  • 1000 g full cream milk
  • 300 g thickened cream
  • 40 g cornflour
  • 85 g semolina
  • 80 g sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Blossom Water
  • 1 tablespoon Rose Water


  • 100 g sugar
  • 60 g water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Orange Blossom Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Rose Water

Recipe's preparation

  1. Add cornflakes to bowl - turbo x 2. Set aside (note if you want 'finer' cornflakes blitz 5 seconds/Speed 7).

    Add pistachios to bowl - turbo x 1. Set aside.
  2. Custard
  3. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

    Add all custard ingredients to bowl - cook 11 minutes/90 degrees/Speed 4.

    Pour into ramekins.

    Top with cornflakes and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

    Wash and dry bowl then make the syrup whilst the custard cooks...
  4. Syrup
  5. Add all syrup ingredients - cook 2 minutes/100 degrees/Speed 2.

    Top with syrup and pistachios.


With suggestions from my friend Joanne I've modified this recipe which I found on the internet years ago.

Credit http://twinsandablog.com.au/knafeh/

Their comments say,

"Knafeh is a Middle Eastern dessert and tastes like a baked custard with crunchy topping. It is a sweet cheese or cream dessert which is topped with pistachios and sugar syrup.

This is best served fresh and warm! Mmmmmm…

If you are making this beforehand, it tastes best reheated in the microwave, not oven.
I microwave 1 x ramekin for 2 minutes and it is perfect!"

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  • Very delicious. To make the cheesy version of...

    Submitted by illy80 on 23. February 2020 - 12:49.

    Very delicious. To make the cheesy version of this, I filled the ramekins up with the custard half way, sprinkled in some mozzarella cheese then topped up the ramekins with more custard mixture (this is how I typically make knafeh). So much easier to make this in the TM. So good, thank you for sharing Smile

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  • Saved this a while ago and made it tonight for...

    Submitted by lu and thermo on 5. August 2018 - 23:08.

    Saved this a while ago and made it tonight for dessert when my daughter's boyfriend came over, who is lebanese. He gave it the thumbs up as did my family. This recipe made around 10 ramekins. Thank-you it was delicious and loved by all.

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  • Have been using this recipe for a while now and it...

    Submitted by Simone93 on 5. March 2018 - 08:21.

    Have been using this recipe for a while now and it turns out perfectly every time. Normally i would be standing at the stove stirring constantly but not anymore. Have even been asking to make 24 of these for an event. Thank you so much.

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