Bread Kunafa


Now anyone can try this yummy Middle Eastern dessert with easily available ingredients. Do you have some stale bread lying around, this is a perfect recipe to try out. The traditional Kunafa calls for Kunafa dough which may not be easily available in many parts of the world. So here I’m sharing with you this version, that too on the stovetop. It can also be baked in an oven.

Bread Kunafa | Knafeh Recipe

Servings 6
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins


  • 4 cups Bread crumbs
  • 120 gm Butter
  • ½ cup Fresh cream / Thick cream
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese


  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 tsp Rose water
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice


  • 5 tbsp Pistachio roasted and crushed


  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and swirl it around to coat the pan.
  • Mix the slightly cooled butter and bread crumbs thoroughly.
  • Spread half of the mixture in the sauce pan and press down.
  • Add dollops of the cream and spread as evenly as possible.
  • Then layer the mozzarella cheese.
  • Layer the remaining bread crumbs on top and press lightly.
  • Place the saucepan on a heavy bottom pan on medium heat for the first 2-3 mins. Then bring the flame to low, cover and cook for 20-25 mins.
  • In the meantime, prepare the sugar syrup by boiling all the ingredients for the syrup just until the sugar dissolves. You don’t have to achieve any string consistency.
  • Slide (don’t Flip) the Kunafa onto a plate. Clean the pan with a tissue paper and rub some butter on the pan.
  • Place the saucepan on top of the plate and flip the kunafa onto the sauce pan.
  • Cook the other side for 10 mins. Slide the Kunafa onto the serving plate.
  • Pour most of the syrup on top and garnish with pistachios.
  • Serve hot/warm with additional syrup if needed. Enjoy!!


**To bake in oven**
Butter an oven-safe dish and layer the Kunafa as shown in the video. Bake in a 180F preheated oven for 20-25 mins. Invert onto a serving dish and garnish with sugar syrup and pistachios.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: arabic, Middle Eastern
Keyword: Kunafa with bread crumbs, kunafa without kunafa dough, Middle eastern dessert

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