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Pasta kataifi: crunchy honey delight – Italian Cuisine


The kataifi is not just a particular filamentous pasta, but also an excellent Greek dessert

One of the most famous sweets in Greece, after the whole yogurt with honey and nuts, is certainly the kataifi which takes its name from the pasta that is used to prepare it.

What is kataifi pasta?

It's about a preparation based on flour and water and is a typical ingredient of Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine.
In practice it is a phyllo dough cut with very thin threads that becomes croccantissima once cooked.
It is not easy to prepare it at home, but you can find it in stores specialized in ethnic food and in large supermarkets in the frozen department.
It is generally used as a wrapping in many preparations and filled with dried fruit as in the recipe that we propose or with other ingredients also salty, such as shrimp, to make delicious finger food appetizers.

The recipe of the Greek kataifi

To prepare this delicious dessert you must first of all make honey syrup by dissolving 200 g of honey with two tablespoons of water, 50 g of sugar and a lot of cinnamon powder. Add also the whole rind of a lemon to give perfume and then let it cool for good.
Separately chopped 180 g of walnuts with a spoon of brown sugar, an egg and another cinnamon.
Roll out the kataifi dough to get longer coils and put a little stuffing at the base of each one.
Roll up and place each roll inside a buttered oven dish.
Sprinkle everything with melted butter and bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes.
Once the kataifi is baked, sprinkle everything with the honey syrup prepared at the beginning.
You can also stuff with other dried fruit.
The kataifi is excellent with pistachios and almonds instead of walnuts.