Kanafeh or Kunafa (Arabic: كُنافة‎, [kunaːfa] is a traditional Arab dessert made with thin noodle-like pastry, or alternatively fine semolina dough, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup. Kanafeh also layered with cheese, or with other ingredients such as clotted cream or nuts, depending on the region.

The story of Kunafa begins when:”it was introduced by a physician who saw how some princes had a hard time fasting because of their appetite. He created the dish and instructed the princes to eat a great amount of it just before dawn, and as a result they were never hungry during the day” (Al-Ahram, 2004). Kunafa is a sweet dessert made from spun shredded wheat and topped with raisins, nuts, and cream. In different variations of this dish, the cream is replaced by mozzarella or by cream cheese and at times cinnamon is added.
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