Kataïfi is a pastry that looks like it is wrapped in shredded wheat. It is a Greek traditional pastry made with nuts on the inside and soaked in a sugar or honey.
- 1/4 kg kataifi phyllo
- 1 kg almonds,blanched and chopped
- 400 g butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 4 tbs sugar
For the syrup
- 1 1/2 kg sugar
- 5 cups of water
- 1 lemon rind
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
Preheat oven at 170° C.
Put almonds in a bowl with the sugar, cinnamon and eggs.
Gently open the kataifi pastry with the fingers, lay it on a piece of wood or marble and put one tablespoonful of almond mixture on one end, then roll the kataifi pastry into a cylinder.
Take care to fold the pastry a little tight at first so that the filling is securely enclosed.
Put it in a buttered baking dish.
Melt the butter and cover every piece of rolled kataifi with it.
Bake in a moderate oven for almost 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the syrup.
Cook the sugar with the water and lemon rind for five to ten minutes.
Add the lemon juice and leave to cook briefly until the syrup becomes somewhat thick.
After removing the kataifi from the oven and before it becomes cold, pour the syrup over it.
Cover the pastry with a clean towel and leave it to cool as it absorbs the syrup.