In our family, we’re each known for a special skill in the kitchen. My dad is the grill master. My sister-in-law introduced us to chocolate pavlova (before I moved to Australia… a premonition?). My husband is the go-to guy for sauces. And my Seedo – grandfather, in Arabic – is the King of Knafeh.
Knafeh is an iconic Middle Eastern dessert of shredded qataifi pastry (or kataifi, per the Greek spelling), encasing gloriously stretchy sweet cheese, studded with almonds and doused in rose and orange blossom syrup. Over an afternoon, I snapped and scribbled away, learning Seedo’s famous recipe, step-by-step. As a boy, he learned it from his father – from whom we all inherited our sweet tooths, apparently – and I believe this may be the first time the recipe has been written down. So, I’m beyond proud to share this important family recipe. Let’s make it! [Read more...]