Kyunefe is a syrupy dessert of cadaife and a dairy product similar to desalinated cheese or cottage cheese. It is characteristic of the Levantine (eastern Mediterranean) countries: southern Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Israel and northern Egypt, but is also known in Greece. The term “kunef” is common to Turkey, and under this name the dessert is also found in some parts of Bulgaria.
In Turkey, the kuefef is prepared, the kayef is laid on two layers – bottom and top – and the milk product is placed between them. In other countries, the milk product is shaped into a suture and the kadiffer is rolled around it in the shape of a cigar.
Typically, the dessert is hot, from which the cheese filling flows and begins to “thread into the thread”.