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Pistachio Knafeh Chocolate: A Tribute to the Famous Chocolate of Dubai

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Adi Marom – @adimarom5
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This 4-ingredient knafeh chocolate is the delicious homemade version of the famous chocolate of Dubai!

EQUIPMENT

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • For the filling, place the butter in a skillet and melt it. Add the kadaif noodles and stir until they turn golden brown. In a bowl, combine the pistachio spread and the toasted kadaif. Mix well until fully combined and set aside.
  • For the chocolate, optionally temper the chocolate for a more professional finish if you know how and prefer this method.
  • For a simpler method, melt the chocolate in the microwave in short bursts of 10-15 seconds each. Pour the melted chocolate into a suitable chocolate mold. Tap the mold slightly to ensure the chocolate fills all the crevices. Turn the mold upside down to remove excess chocolate. Use a spatula to level and clean the mold.
  • Place the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove the mold from the freezer and fill it with the pistachio and kadaif mixture, leveling it with a spatula. Drizzle more melted chocolate on top, remove any excess with a spatula, and return the mold to the freezer until the chocolate hardens. Carefully remove the chocolates from the mold.

MY NOTES

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Can I use other types of chocolate for this knafeh chocolate?

Yes, you can use other types of chocolate in this knafeh chocolate recipe. Dark chocolate will give a richer, less sweet flavor, while white chocolate will provide a creamier and sweeter taste. Each type of chocolate will alter the final product’s flavor and texture. Ensure that the chocolate you choose has a good quality cocoa content to maintain a smooth and professional finish. Adjust sweetness and filling combinations accordingly to balance the overall taste.

Pistachio Knafeh chocolate A Tribute to the famous chocolate of Dubai11
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Can I use a different type of nut spread?

Yes, you can use a different type of nut spread instead of pistachio spread in this recipe. Almond, hazelnut, or cashew spreads can be excellent alternatives, each bringing its unique flavor profile to the chocolates. However, the overall taste and texture will vary depending on the nut spread used. Ensure the spread is smooth and of good quality to achieve the best results. Adjust the sweetness and other filling ingredients as needed to maintain a balanced flavor.

Pistachio Knafeh chocolate A Tribute to the famous chocolate of Dubai11
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Where can I find kadaif noodles?

Kadaif noodles can be found in Middle Eastern or Mediterranean grocery stores, as they are commonly used in various traditional desserts. You might also find them in specialty food stores that carry international ingredients. If local options are limited, kadaif noodles are readily available online through various retailers and specialty food websites. When purchasing, ensure they are fresh and properly packaged to maintain their delicate texture and flavor for the best results in your recipe.

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How do I temper chocolate for this famous chocolate of Dubai?

Tempering the chocolate to make it as close as possible to the famous chocolate of Dubai involves carefully melting and cooling to stabilize its crystal structure, ensuring a glossy finish and a firm snap. Start by finely chopping the chocolate and melting two-thirds of it in a heatproof bowl over simmering water (double boiler) until it reaches 110-115°F (43-46°C). Remove from heat and gradually add the remaining unmelted chocolate, stirring constantly, to cool it down to 88-90°F (31-32°C) for dark chocolate, or 86-88°F (30-31°C) for milk or white chocolate. This process encourages the formation of stable crystals. Once tempered, the chocolate can be molded or used for dipping.

Pistachio Knafeh chocolate A Tribute to the famous chocolate of Dubai11
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Can I make this recipe without a chocolate mold?

Yes, you can make this recipe without a chocolate mold. Instead, use a lined baking dish or silicone molds as alternatives. Spread a layer of melted chocolate on parchment paper or a silicone mat, let it set slightly, then add the pistachio and kadaif filling. Cover with another layer of chocolate and let it harden in the refrigerator. Once set, cut the chocolate into pieces. While the shape might not be as precise, the taste will be just as delightful.

Pistachio Knafeh chocolate A Tribute to the famous chocolate of Dubai11
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How should I store the knafeh chocolate?

Store the knafeh chocolate in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. If your home is warm, refrigerate the chocolates to prevent melting, but allow them to come to room temperature before serving to enjoy the best texture and flavor. Proper storage will maintain their quality and extend shelf life, typically up to two weeks. For longer storage, consider freezing the chocolates, ensuring they are well-wrapped to avoid moisture and odor absorption.

Pistachio Knafeh chocolate A Tribute to the famous chocolate of Dubai11
Credit: Adi Marom

What is the best way to melt chocolate in the microwave?

The best way to melt chocolate in the microwave is to chop it into small, even pieces and place them in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the chocolate in short bursts of 15-30 seconds, stirring well after each interval to ensure even melting and prevent overheating. Continue this process until the chocolate is almost fully melted, then stir until smooth. This method helps avoid burning and ensures a smooth, creamy consistency ideal for dipping or molding.

Pistachio Knafeh chocolate A Tribute to the famous chocolate of Dubai11
Credit: Adi Marom
Pistachio Knafeh chocolate A Tribute to the famous chocolate of Dubai11
Credit: Adi Marom

Can I add other ingredients to the filling?

Yes, you can add other ingredients to the filling to enhance the flavor and texture of the chocolates. Chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts can add a delightful crunch. Dried fruits such as cranberries, raisins, or apricots offer a sweet and chewy contrast. You can also mix in spices like cinnamon or cardamom for a warm, aromatic touch. Ensure any additional ingredients are finely chopped and evenly mixed into the pistachio and kadaif filling to maintain a balanced texture. Adjust the quantities to your taste preferences, but be mindful not to overpower the primary flavors.

Pistachio Knafeh chocolate A Tribute to the famous chocolate of Dubai11
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Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted?

Yes, you can use salted butter instead of unsalted in this recipe, but be mindful that it will add a slightly salty flavor to the filling. Adjust the amount of additional salt in the recipe accordingly to balance the overall taste. If you prefer a more pronounced salty-sweet contrast, salted butter can enhance the flavor profile of the chocolates. However, if you’re unsure about the saltiness, it’s safer to start with unsalted butter and adjust the seasoning to your preference as you mix the filling.

Pistachio Knafeh chocolate A Tribute to the famous chocolate of Dubai11
Credit: Adi Marom

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