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“I am posting this for ZWT 2006. I have not made this and it is compliments of Recipe Trove. Servings and prep time is all a guess.”
1hr 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb mozzarella curd
  • mahleb (Middle Eastern spice, can be found at specialty food shops that sell middle eastern ingredients)
  • black caraway seed
  • salt


  1. Place cheese in a Teflon saucepan and add a dash of mahleb and salt and a sprinkling of black seeds.
  2. Heat on low until cheese is melted thoroughly.
  3. Remove from heat and drain water.
  4. Pick up hot cheese in a lump, and make a hole in the center to look like a doughnut.
  5. Stretch and turn the cheese to form a large loop.
  6. Double the strand of cheese, making two strands of cheese of even length.
  7. Repeat, stretching and looping; the more you stretch the stringier the cheese becomes.
  8. Repeat stretching several times.
  9. Twist ends in opposite directions and intertwine rope into a braid.
  10. Place one end through the loop of the other to lock it.
  11. Set cheese aside to dry thoroughly.
  12. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate or freeze.
  13. To serve, open braid, cut one loop and pull cheese apart into thin strands.
  14. Serve with pocket bread.

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