Jerusalem Kodafa Cake #2Jerusalem Kodafa Cake

 

                    Kodafa Cake

is a Middle Eastern sweet honey cake.  It is a little different than most cakes as it uses couscous for the base.  The mild cheese filling gives this Kodafa Cake a nice creaminess.  It’s really easy and makes a nice light dessert to accompany any meal.  You can vary the flavors of the cake by adding your favorite chopped fruit.

Aside from achieving amazing flavor, this dessert is super easy to make! Couscous does not need to cook, it only needs time to soften. If you want to try something new and exciting, this kodafa cake is absolutely delightful and would make the perfect accompaniment to any lunch or picnic, and would also serve as a lovely way to finish off one of your lighter weekly dinners. Go ahead and give it a try!

Kodafa Cake

Ingredients

  1. • 2 1/4 cups water
  2. • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  3. • 1 1/2 cups honey, divided
  4. • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed
  5. • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  6. • 3/4 cup cottage cheese
  7. • 3/4 cup pecans or almonds, chopped
  8. • 1/2 cup water, room temperature
  9. • 1 egg, beaten
  10. • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  11. • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  12. • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. 1. Set 2 1/4 cups of water to boil.
  2. 2. Place couscous in a large bowl and pour boiling water over the top.
  3. 3. Stir well and let soak until water is completely absorbed and couscous is cooked. About 30 minutes.
  4. 4. Using a fork (or your fingers), fluff the couscous to break up any lumps and stir in cubed butter. Then add beaten egg and salt.
  5. 5. Preheat oven to 400º F and spread 1/2 cooked couscous mixture into a 10-inch springform pan or baking dish.
  6. 6. In a large bowl, mix together ricotta and cottage cheeses, then pour in 1/4 cup honey and stir well.
  7. 7. Gently spread cheese mixture over the couscous and even out the top. Spread remaining couscous over the cheese and pat down carefully.
  8. 8. Place pan in oven and bake for 12 minutes.
  9. 9. While baking, combine remaining honey, water and saffron threads in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  10. 10. Cook for around 6 minutes, or until thick and syrupy. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
  11. 11. Remove the kodafa cake from oven and turn on broiler. Cook for 1-3 minutes, or until golden brown crust has formed.
  12. 12. Sprinkle chopped nuts over the top of the cake and top immediately with honey syrup.
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