Kataifi is one of the amazing desserts that I remember eating before I was vegan.
I haven’t had it for so many years, and when my Persian neighbour told me that the shredded phyllo dough it only made with flour & water, I was just thrilled.
I asked her to buy a few because I have never baked with phyllo dough and I was pretty sure I’d fail on my first try with what I had in my mind to bake.
But no, surprisingly it was easy, quick and fun. It turned out delicious & crunchy.
6 – 8 servings
16 oz kataifi (1 pack)
2 cups butter, melted
3 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 tsp rose water
2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
Remove kataifi and loosen by gently pulling strands apart. For each nest use around inch of strands or a little more.
Round shredded dough around four/ two fingers, depends on the size of the nest you would like to make.
Tuck the end edge under the nest, and place gently on a baking pan.
When all the nests are ready, place pistachios inside them, as many as you like, or chopped walnuts.
Pour on top, melted butter and bake at 375F for 20-30 minutes, or until slightly browned.
While it’s baking start making the syrup.
Combine sugar, water & rose water in a sauce pan. Bring to boil and allow to continue boiling for 5 -10 minutes.
When kataifi are ready pour over, let it cool down and enjoy.
This dessert was one of the best. We enjoyed it so much that it was very hard for us to stop, it’s very addictive, that’s how delicious it was.