Lebanese Znoud El Sit Recipe


Znoud El Sit is among the most famous Lebanese dessert recipes and a go to for many households in Lebanon. The dish, however, didn’t exactly originate from Lebanon and is actually first created in Kirkuk, Iraq, yet it’s widely popular in many Arabic countries, and especially in Levantine countries.

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15 mins


15 mins


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  • Ingredients (Znoud El Sit)

  • Phyllo pastry packet, defrosted and at room temperature

  • 0.5 cup

    melted butter or ghee

  • 0.5

    batch of homemade kashta

  • 2 Tbsp

    crushed pistachios

  • Ingredients (Sweet Syrup)

  • 0.5 cup


  • 1 cup


  • 1 tsp

    lemon juice

  • 1 tsp



    Method (Sweet Syrup)

    1.      In a medium sized pot, add the sugar and water and place over medium high heat.

    2.      Stir slightly, making sure not the move the mixture around too much or the sugar will crystalize.

    3.      Once the syrup is somewhat thick, stir in the lemon juice and rosewater.

    4.      Let it boil for a couple of minutes before removing off the heat.

    5.      Let it cool until you prepare Znoud El Sit.


    Method (Znoud El Sit)

    1.      Cut the phyllo pastry into long strips, around 3 inches wide or according to how long you want your individual pieces to be.

    2.      Cover with a damp, clean kitchen towel until ready to use.

    3.      Preheat your oven to medium heat.

    4.      On your work surface, add one strip of the phyllo pastry horizontally with another on top vertically (like a plus sign).

    5.      Brush with butter or ghee.

    6.      Add one tablespoon of the kashta in the center, fold the sides over the center, then the lower piece, creating a pocket. Proceed to wrap it into the top piece, creating a roll. (Please see note 1).

    7.      Repeat with all remaining pieces.

    8.      In a greased baking pan, line your Znoud El Sit pieces tightly together and generously brush with the remaining butter or ghee.

    9.      Bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until golden and crispy.

    10.  Take it out of the oven and set aside to cool slightly.

    11.  Once cooled, drizzle the sweet syrup on top and garnish with crushed pistachios. 


    1.      This may sound a bit complicated, but it’s easier than you think, and it also makes sure that all that delicious kashta doesn’t leak over sides while Znoud El Sit is being cooked. Alternatively, you can just place the two pieces of phyllo over each other, add a tablespoon of the cream mixture, and roll into a basic roll.


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