Kadaif pastry filled with whipped cream and strawberries

In Desserts on February 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm


This dessert is so delicious because of its simplicity. There are only handful of ingredients, but the the combination of the crispy kadaif, cream and the slightly tang of the strawberries make this an ideal dessert.

In case that this is the first time that you hear the word “kadaif “, here`s a short explanation: Kadaif is the name of a very thin shredded pastry which is used to make dessert and pastries.  It is sometimes known as shredded phyllo. After dipped into melted fat (usually melted butter) and baked, it gets a very crispy texture. I think that you could find this in Mediterranean stores, in Israel this is usually found in specialty stores.

This dessert is one of many things that you can make with Kadaif: from filling it with mousses to wrapping salmon. There are endless possibilities, and If you are able to find this product, grab it right away, and I promise that you won`t regret it.

Some tips for working with Kadaif:

  • Kadaif usually comes frozen. Before using it, make sure to defrost it, either in the fridge, on in a sealed plastic bad in room temperature for about half an hour.
  • Be very gentle when working with it. It tends to crumble.
  • After dipping it with the butter (or any other fat), form it into the required shape, and press it to get an even layer.


Kadaif pastry filled with whipped cream and strawberries

250 gr. kadaif, defrosted

25-50 gr. butter, melted

125 ml. heavy whipping cream

Strawberries, sliced

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

Dip Kadaif into the melted butter, stir gently by hand until all the kadaif is coated with the butter.

Using a muffin tin, divide kadaif into portions, and press each one into the muffin tin to get an even kadaif disk. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until kadaif is deeply golden.

Using an electric mixer, whip the cream until stiff.


Put one kadaif disk on top of a plate, put a spoon of the wipped crean on top, and add sliced strawberris. top with another disk of kadaif.

  1. That look great! I don’t think I would be able to find kadaif where I live. It still loves very yummy!!

  2. Ive never even heard of this type of pastry before! So neat looking! Looks yummy!

  3. I’ve never seen frozen kadaif before. It’s often made up with nuts inside at Lebanese sweet shops here in Sydney. It’s interesting to see it used at home in savoury as well as sweet things.

  4. I love Kadaif:)
    It looks wonderful, and very easy to make.

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