Halloween Nutty Kataifi Monsters

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Halloween Nutty Kataifi Monsters recipe is sponsored by The Fillo Factory.

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Looking for a new spooktacular treat to add to your haunting party? These Halloween nutty kataifi monsters will go perfectly with your mummy dogs, witch fingers pretzels, ghost brownies, spider cookies, Frankenstein Rice Krispies and other fun and ghoulish treats. Best of all, the messier you make them, the better they look! Bonus: they easily turn into sweet haystacks for your Thanksgiving table!

 

It is true that inspiration strikes at very funny times. The inspiration for these nut-filled fuzzy, and sort of mummified, monsters came to me at Easter. Who thinks of Halloween on Easter? This girl, so you don’t have to!

 

kataifi fillo dough

Making kataifi

 

After making kataifi cheesecake nests, I had plenty of dough leftover, thanks to the nice people at the Fillo Factory. I was planning on making kataifi rolls (which are the base recipe for these monsters) because they are my dad’s favorite treat. Now I’m thinking I could’ve also made more nests and used them as cups for baklava ice cream. 🤔

 

Since I’ve never made kataifi rolls before (what kind of a daughter am I, right?), I searched for the recipe and these perfect pretzel broomsticks with kataifi popped up. How fun are they? 🤩 Let me tell you, they look super cute and easy but they were not so fun to make. Or maybe it’s the operator error. 😩

 

There’s something terrifically fun in tearing apart the kataifi shreds though, but I tossed away more pastry than I care to admit all while swearing violently under my breath. Damn you, Heather, how do you do it?  I managed to make three broomsticks and as you can see below, they’re not nearly as neat as hers.

 

Kataifi nutty monster, broomsticks, and haystacks are perfect Halloween decoration and treats.

 

Oh well. With HALLOWEEN still on my mind, thanks to Heather, I took my KATAIFI rolls out of the oven and instantly thought that they resemble little haystacks. They would be perfect for Thanksgiving! But add some chopped pistachios for teeth and candy eyes and you get funny looking HALLOWEEN NUTTY KATAIFI MONSTERS.

 

Kataifi rolls as Thanksgiving or fall haystacks treats.

Kataifi haystacks

 

Don’t you just love when you get two for one? It also happened with this pumpkin hummus dip I recently made. It’s a great appetizer for Thanksgiving that turns into a spooky Halloween treat with just a little tweaking. 🎃 Win-win.

 

What is kataifi?

 

In Greece, kataifi is the basis of various dishes rolled or layered with it, including dessert pastries with nuts and sweet syrups. In Turkish kadayif and in Arabic kanafe can refer to the string pastry itself, or to the entire dessert dish.

 

The list of spellings for kataifi, shredded phyllo dough, seems to go on and on: kadaif, kataifi, knafeh, kanafe, kenafeh, kunafeh, konafi, kadayif, künefe, etc. Kataifi is the Greek name for kanafeh and back home we call it kadaif. Sheesh, I bet you’ll be dreaming all these words tonight! 😂

 

Kataifi rolls filled with nuts and drenched in syrup

How to make kataifi dough?

 

You don’t make kataifi by actually shredding the fillo, although it is called shredded fillo dough. Not to say you couldn’t try slicing fillo very thinly, but I don’t think you’d get the same result. This thin, noodle-like pastry uses the same dough recipe but it’s processed into thin strands for a shaggier texture.

 

Fillo Factory brand kataifi ingredient list is short, plus it’s vegan, sugar-free, and cholesterol and yeast-free. If you want quality pastry, get it from them.

 

The shredded phyllo, very similarly to phyllo sheets, dries out quickly so it’s best to keep exposure to air at a minimum. Brushing shredded phyllo with melted butter before baking helps to prevent sticking and cracking and gives desserts like kataifi their golden color. Store thawed shredded phyllo in the refrigerator under a damp towel and wrap tightly in plastic wrap; it will keep for about a week.

 

Working with kataifi can be tricky unless you’re Heather Baird, but no worries! You’re making monsters! Their charm is in their imperfections. 🙂 Kids adore these fuzzy but crunchy treats.

 

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Halloween Nutty Kataifi Monsters Simple Recipe

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Nutty kataifi Halloween monsters made with kataifi shredded fillo dough

 

INGREDIENTS:
Makes 16-18

Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Orange or lemon rind

 

Kataifi rolls

  • 1 pound kataifi dough (shredded fillo), thawed
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 6 oz. walnuts, pistachios or almonds (or mix), roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of ground clove (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

 

Monster face

  • 32-36 candy eyes
  • chopped or sliced pistachios
  • a tiny bit of melted white chocolate to “glue” the eyes (optional)

 

~ Free Tip ~

 

  • Serve these monsters on a plate because the syrup will make them moist (similar to baklava). You can reduce the amount of syrup if you wish to make them less sticky.
  • “Gluing” of the eyes is optional. You can just rest them on the top of the rolls. Tuck the chopped pistachios between the shreds for teeth.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Syrup

  • Add all the ingredients for the syrup into a small pot and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.

 

Kataifi rolls

  • To the food processor, add the walnuts, cinnamon, ground clove, and orange juice. Pulsate until the walnuts are roughly chopped (not ground). Transfer to a bowl.
  • Melt the butter and with a cooking brush grease the bottom and sides of a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  • Unroll the kataifi dough from the plastic sleeve. Untangle the shredded fillo dough with your fingers, gently spreading the strands apart out a bit in order to get fluffy and making sure there are no knots. Cover the dough with a slightly damp towel to keep them fresh and moist or else they will dry out and break up when you try to work with them.
  • Take one piece of the kataifi dough, and spread it on a working surface or on your palm to about 6×2-inch in size. Drizzle with melted butter and place 1 tablespoon of the filling at one end. Roll it up tightly, folding inwards the sides, to form a small cylinder.
  • Place the kataifi roll in the pan and brush with melted butter, using the cooking brush to shape it a little bit. Repeat with the rest of the kataifi dough and filling. Place the kataifi rolls one next to the other, leaving almost no gaps between them and drizzle with remaining butter.
  • Bake the kataifi on the middle rack in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40-50 minutes, or until golden and crunchy.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately ladle the 3/4 of the cold syrup over each roll, enabling each ladle to be absorbed. Cover the pan with a towel and set aside for 10 minutes. Ladle the rest of the syrup over the kataifi. Set aside for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until all of the syrup has been soaked up.
  • Before serving, add chopped pistachios to form the “teeth” and candy eyes to complete your Halloween nutty kataifi monsters. Trick or treat! 👻

 

How to make kataifi

Fuzzy and mummy looking kataifi monsters recipe

Inside the nutty Halloween kataifi monsters

 

Halloween Nutty Kataifi Monsters
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Resting Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
These simple Halloween nutty kataifi monsters are a spooktacular treat to add to your haunting party. Bonus: one delicious treat, two different looks!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 16 -18
Author: Jas
Ingredients
Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Orange or lemon rind
Kataifi rolls
  • 1 pound kataifi dough shredded fillo, thawed
  • 2 sticks butter melted
  • 6 oz. walnuts pistachios or almonds (or mix), roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of ground clove optional
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
Monster face
  • 32-36 candy eyes
  • chopped or sliced pistachios
  • a tiny bit of melted white chocolate to "glue" the eyes optional
Instructions
Syrup
  1. Add all the ingredients for the syrup into a small pot and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
Kataifi rolls
  1. To the food processor, add the walnuts, cinnamon,  ground clove, and orange juice. Pulsate until the walnuts are roughly chopped (not ground). Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter and with a cooking brush grease the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  3. Unroll the kataifi dough from the plastic sleeve. Untangle the shredded fillo dough with your fingers, gently spreading the strands apart out a bit in order to get fluffy and making sure there are no knots. Cover the dough with a slightly damp towel to keep them fresh and moist or else they will dry out and break up when you try to work with them.
  4. Take one piece of the kataifi dough, and spread it on a working surface or on your palm to about 6x2-inch in size. Drizzle with melted butter and place 1 tablespoon of the filling at one end. Roll it up tightly, folding inwards the sides, to form a small cylinder.
  5. Place the kataifi roll in the pan and brush with melted butter, using the cooking brush to shape it a little bit. Repeat with the rest of the kataifi dough and filling. Place the kataifi rolls one next to the other, leaving almost no gaps between them and drizzle with remaining butter.

  6. Bake the kataifi on the middle rack in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40-50 minutes, or until golden and crunchy.

  7. Remove from the oven and immediately ladle the 3/4 of the cold syrup over each roll, enabling each ladle to be absorbed. Cover the pan with a towel and set aside for 10 minutes. Ladle the rest of the syrup over the kataifi. Set aside for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until all of the syrup has been soaked up.

  8. Before serving, add chopped pistachios to form the "teeth" and candy eyes to complete your Halloween nutty kataifi monsters. Trick or treat!
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

  • Serve these monsters on a plate because the syrup will make them moist (similar to baklava). You can reduce the amount of syrup if you wish to make them less sticky.
  • "Gluing" of the eyes is optional. You can just rest them on the top of the rolls. Tuck the chopped pistachios between the shreds for teeth.

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35 Comment

  1. Reply
    kage2015
    August 30, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    I have never made anything like this before. Can’t wait to give it a go. Found you on Blogger’s Pit Stop.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 2, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      I hope you’ll give it a try! let me know if you have any questions, I’d be glad to answer them 🙂

  2. Reply
    Hilda
    August 31, 2018 at 10:24 am

    These do look like fun. I can think of a couple of youngsters who would love these. Added to that, I certainly wouldn’t object to eating them either.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 2, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you, Hilda! It’s great for kids and adults alike 😀

  3. Reply
    petitehaus
    August 31, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    oh my gosh how fun are these!! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 2, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      I’m happy you like them! 😀

  4. Reply
    Antonia
    August 31, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    These are awesome, Jas! I love kataifi, but would have never thought of using it this way. Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 2, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks, Antonia! So glad you like it.

  5. Reply
    Di (@ShinyGlitterBug)
    September 2, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Oh wow, these are great! Thanks for the Halloween inspiration!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      You’re welcome, Di! Thanks for stopping in!

  6. Reply
    helenfern
    September 2, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I love these – pinned! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Many thanks, Helen!

  7. Reply
    Amy (Savory Moments)
    September 2, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Oh my goodness – these are adorable and so creative!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 3, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Thank you very much, Amy! x

  8. Reply
    Amy
    September 3, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Interesting and oh so cute. I have never heard of kataifi, but this looks like a great idea. Thank you for sharing at Satuday Shuffle Blog Hop.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 3, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Hi Amy, I’m glad you like them. Kataifi is centuries old (it was documented as early as in the 10th century) and now that you’ve heard about it I bet you’ll be noticing it all over the Internet. 🙂 X

  9. Reply
    Jann Olson
    September 3, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    These are just too cute! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 5, 2018 at 9:10 am

      Many thanks, Jann! x

  10. Reply
    Christine @ Rustic-Refined.com
    September 4, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Those are so versatile and cool. I am going to put those on my of of must try’s!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 5, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Yes, they are, Christine! Hope you’ll give it a try 🙂

  11. Reply
    Jacqui |Recipes Made Easy
    September 4, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Yikes it seems far to early to think about halloween just yet, you are organised. Have to say these little fellows look fun! Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 5, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Lol Jacqui, I’ve been seeing Halloween recipes for a month now, so I thought I was late. 😀

  12. Reply
    Lathiya
    September 5, 2018 at 8:25 am

    These looks so cute and kids will enjoy for sure…Happy Fiesta Friday

  13. Reply
    kunstkitchen
    September 5, 2018 at 11:38 am

    That’s great idea!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 5, 2018 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you!

  14. Reply
    Miz Helen
    September 5, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and it will be pinned to our features board. Hope you have a lovely day and thanks so much for sharing your post with us!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 5, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      What a lovely surprise! Thank you so much, Miz Helen! I’m thrilled. x

  15. Reply
    the Painted Apron
    September 5, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    How incredibly cute! I’ve never heard or seen for that matter any kataifi, but it certainly is perfect for fall holidays! Brooms and haystacks are super creative!
    Jenna

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 5, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you much, Jenna! Kataifi is like baklava only with shredded dough. You are familiar with baklava, right? 🙂 x

  16. Reply
    April J Harris
    September 10, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    What wonderful treats, Jas! your Hallowe’en Kataifi Monsters look fun, and delicious too! Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope to see you again this week. Have a great week ahead!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 12, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you, April! They were truly fun to make and eat, of course! 😉 Hugs

  17. Reply
    Irene
    September 10, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    so cute and yummy!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks so much, Irene!

  18. Reply
    Jodie Fitz
    September 11, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    These turned out GREAT! I can’t wait to try them. We featured you at Reader Tip Tuesday: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2018/09/11/reader-tip-tuesday-weeks-craft-recipe-party-14-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/

    Can’t wait to see what you have to share at this week’s party. xo

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      So happy you like them! Thanks for the feature 😀

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