Friday, 24 April 2009


Totally unique treat from the middle east, Kodafa is a special cake made with couscous, fresh cheese, pistacchi oozing with honey. A lovely idea when you are in the mood for something different, a new taste experience!! Visually it looks great, too!! :-D


200g (7oz) Couscous
2 eggs
120g (4,5 oz) butter, melted
Pinch of salt

180g (6oz+) FRESH mozzarella, chopped
250g (8,5oz) ricotta
40g (1,5 oz) honey
1 tsp Cinnamon
A few drops of vanilla essence

For the syrup
180ml (6oz+) honey
100ml water
1 small package or 1 pinch of ground saffran
1tsp orange flower water (alternative, rose water)

30-40g (1,5oz circa) roughly crushed pistacchi for garnish

prepare the couscous following the direction. (for quick cooking ones, immerse in about 300ml of boiling water, cover and let it stand for at least 5 minutes, for this cake, a bit more)
Flake the cous cous well to get rid of big lumps.
In a good sized bowl, beat together the eggs and the melted butter, then mix in the couscous, blend together well.
In anoter large bowl, beat together the chopped mozzarella, ricotta, 40g of honey, cinnamon and vanilla, until the mixture become smooth and thickly creamy.
In a buttered cake pan (about 27cm/10-11inch) lay down the half of the couscous mixture evenly. Then cover with the cheese mixture, then top with the rest of the couscous, spreading it out evenly.
Bake it in a preheated oven at 190°C/375°F for 20minutes. Let it cool.
In a small saucepan, mix the honey, saffran and water, let it boil for 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and mix in the orange flower water.
Let the syrup cool slightly, then pour evenly over the cake. Garnish the top with pistacchi.


  1. Somehow, when I look at this cake and I read the recipe, it reminds me so much of another middle eastern dessert called 'baklava'...which is toooooo sweet even for a sweet tooth like me! I can only take a bite out of a baklava and that's it. Kak, does this cake taste a little bit sour (because of the cheese) and sweet (because of the syrup)? Am I right? It looks totally out of this world that I wonder how it tastes like :) I just love following your cooking adventures kak..well done!

    -Arien Dani-

  2. thank you Arien!! No it is quite different from Baklava, though both of them are bursting with honey and nuts... if you like cheesecake you will enjoy this, it resembles more to cheesecake but it is surprisingly not so heavy... I wish I could send you a slice so you can taste it!! :-D
    BTW I love Baklava, perhaps the one you tasted is not very well made, seeing all the stuff you enjoy, it is definitely up your alley if it is prepared correctly, I don't think it is sweeter than other stuff... I will post my own recipe when I do make one (and take a picture of them) next time!! xxx

  3. Okay, looking forward to seeing your baklave recipe here soon kak! xoxoxo

    -Arien Dani-