Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins
Nearly everyone is familiar with baklava, but very few know 'kadaifi'. It's shredded wheat's cousin. I prefer kadaifi.
- 1 lb kadaifi (Greek, shredded wheat pastry)
- 2 cups minced almonds or 2 cups pistachios
- 1⁄2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- Open pastry and spread out on a baking sheet.
- Air dry for 15 minutes.
- Combine nuts, orange juice, 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.
- Preheat oven to 340°F.
- Lightly butter a baking pan.
- Separate pastry strands into 18-20, 10 to 12 inch rectangles (beauty is not an issue here).
- Place 1 tbsp nut filling at narrow end of rectangle.
- Roll up tightly.
- Arrange in a round (12-14 inch diameter) baking pan; do not crowd, have them JUST touching each other.
- (you can use a square/rectangular pan too, you just usually see them in round pans here) Pour melted butter evenly over the pieces and bake until golden, 35-40 minutes.
- For syrup: Cook 1 ½ cup sugar, water and lemon juice in saucepan over low heat, swirling pan occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
- Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Pour hot syrup over pastry and allow pastry to cool.
- This can be kept, covered, at room temperature for at least a week.
I haven't made it... I want to...where do you get the pastry?
Kadaifi is one of my favorite Greek desserts! I don't know why we don't see it as often as baklava in the U.S. because it is every bit as good. I can not make this because my children have allergies to nuts, but I can see how wonderful this recipe is. I hope some Zaar people give this a try. It's quite a delicious blend of flavors and textures!