Kataifi Nests


  • Kataifi Pasty  
  • Melted butter
  • Orange Blossom water
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Candied Orange peel
  • Thick plain Greek yogurt
  • Icing Sugar
  • Pistachio Nuts


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190oC
  2. Brush a baking tray with melted butter
  3. Pull hands full of the Kataifi pastry loose from the whole bundle, and make circular nests on the baking tray
  4. Brush the rounds with a generous amount of melted butter, making sure that the butter soaks all the strings of the pastry
  5. With your finger, press down in the middle of the pastry round, creating a little well in the middle – this will be helpful when adding the fillings
  6. Place the nests into the pre-heated oven and bake them for about 10 minutes or until they start browning and become crispy
  7. While the pastry is baking, dissolve 4 cups of sugar in 2 cups of boiling water in a heavy bottomed saucepan
  8. Once the sugar has dissolved, add some orange blossom water (amount to taste) to the sugar syrup and allow this mixture to reduce for about 15 – 20 minutes
  9. During this reduction process, you can add some orange blossom honey to the syrup as well – this will increase the sweetness of the syrup and aid in the thickening of the syrup
  10. Set this aside and allow it to cool down completely
  11. Once the pastry is cooked, let it cool
  12. To serve, drench the nests in the cooled syrup, add a dollop of thick Greek yogurt and top with a slice of candied orange and crushed pistachio nuts
  13. Finally, dust with icing sugar and serve