Kadaif: A Sweet & Crispy Dessert (Kadayif)
These Kadaif (Kadayif) squares are even better the next day when the sugar syrup has fully soaked into the dough. The dough will be crispy on top and soft and sticky (in a good way) at the bottom with the crunch of the walnuts in between. If you’ve got a sweet tooth you’ll love these!
Servings Prep Time
30squares 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30minutes 60minutes
Servings Prep Time
30squares 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30minutes 60minutes
Ingredients
Kadaif
Syrup
Instructions
Kadaif
  1. Preheat the oven to 175 ºC / 350 ºF.
  2. Desperate the Kadaif onto a baking tray and pour over the melted butter. Make sure all the threads of dough are covered with butter.
  3. Put half of the dough into a 35cmx25cm / 14 inch x10 inch baking tray, spread evenly. And sprinkle over half of the walnuts.
  4. Add the remaining half of the dough into the baking tray, spread evenly over the walnuts.
  5. Put into the oven for approximately 25 – 30 minutes or until golden brown. Take out of the oven and leave to slightly cool.
Syrup
  1. Bring water sugar, vanilla sugar and the lemon peel to a boil. Keep stirring till the sugar has dissolved and the water is clear.
  2. Add the lemon juice and leave to simmer for another 7 minutes.
  3. Leave to cool slightly. Remove the lemon peel.
Finishing the Kadaif
  1. While the Kadaif and the syrup are still warm (not hot), pour the syrup all over the Kadaif. You might think the syrup is too much, but pour it all over, the dough will eventually absorb the syrup.
  2. Top with the remaining walnuts and let it soak for at least one hour or until all the dough has absorbed all of the syrup.
  3. Cut into squares and serve.
Recipe Notes

You can add a stick of cinnamon into the sugar at the same time as the lemon peel and remove at the same time as the lemon peel.