In Greek: καταϊφι, pronounced kah-tah-EE-fee
The first time I made rolled kataïfi, I bought a huge bag of fresh dough and ended up with a kitchen filled with scattered shredded dough and about three pieces of the actual pastry. With today's packaged dough, you'll find these easier to make and delicious to eat! This is a great recipe for beginners and can be adjusted later to include different tastes.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
- 1 pound of kataifi dough, defrosted per package instructions
- 1/2 pound of butter, melted
- For the filling:
- 1 cup of walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup of almonds, coarsely ground
- 1/2 cup of fine granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon of brandy
- For the syrup:
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 1/4 cups of water
- 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
- thin strip of lemon peel
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 tablespoon of thin honey
Prepare the syrup: Heat the water in a saucepan over low heat. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the lemon juice, peel, and cloves, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the honey. Remove from the heat, strain, and set aside to cool.
In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the filling and blend well with a wooden spoon.
A word about kataïfi dough
This dough comes commercially packaged in a long strip, about 3 inches wide. To prepare it for this recipe, lay the long strip out on a clean work surface and divide it into 18-24 pieces, gently spreading the strands out a bit if they clump together. Each piece will be used to create an individual kataïfi roll. Keep unused dough covered with a piece of waxed paper and a damp towel on top of that to keep it from drying out.
Preheat oven to 350F (175C).
Brush a strip with melted butter. Place a tablespoon of the filling at one end of the strip and roll up into a cylinder, tucking in any stray pieces of dough. Take care to roll the pastry tightly so that the filling is securely enclosed. Place the rolls seam side down in a lightly buttered baking dish, close together but not squashed, and brush well with remaining butter. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until golden brown and crispy looking.
Remove from oven, pour cool syrup over the pastry and cover with a clean towel. Let cool about 3-4 hours as it absorbs the syrup.