How to Make Akkawi Cheese – 5 Steps

How to make Akkawi Cheese (or simply Akawi)? A kind of white cheese is made from cow milk and salt.  Sometimes, they are also made using sheep or goat milk. It can be served as an appetizer and as part of entrees and desserts.  You can also serve Akkawi cheese as a fried snack, with fruits or just as it is.

Akkawi Cheese Recipe

Akkawi Cheese Recipe

How to Make Akawi Cheese – 5 Steps

Akkawi Cheese

This Akkawi Cheese recipe, the cheese bread is topped with nigella seeds, but you could also use a spice mixture called za’atar which will add a bit more flavor to the bread.  
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Akkawi Cheese, cheese
CookingStyle: Baking
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Ms Kelly
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  • Cow milk
  • Salt
  • 2 Rennet capsules
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Double boiler
  • Cheesecloth
  • Strainer
  • Paper towels


  • 1. The bottom section of the double boiler must be filled with water; while the top of the double boiler must be filled with 1 gallon of milk. Then add 2 teaspoons of salt and two rennet capsules to the milk. Follow the directions based on the rennet capsule’s manufacturer’s instructions.
  • 2. Next, strain the milk using a strainer. Notice then that the curds are being separated from the liquid. Put the curds in cheesecloth, wrap and squeeze over the kitchen sink. Note that you must remove as much wetness as possible.
  • 3. Get the curds and form them into a ball, then put it inside a glass container or bowl. Cover the curds with the cheesecloth and set aside in a cool place. Leave it be for about two weeks, maintaining temperature of about 45⁰-50⁰
  • 4. After two weeks, get the already made cheese. Make brine solution by combining 1 lb. of salt and ½ gal. of water; and blend them well. Using cheesecloth, wife the surface of the cheese with brine solution. Cover the cheese with cloth for yet another two whole weeks.
  • 5. Repeat process for every two weeks until you reach a sum of eight weeks. If you want your cheese to be tangier, add another four weeks after the eight-week period, doing the same process.



A delicious flat cheese bread called Akkawi manakeesh, super popular in Saudi Arabia, and for good reason, it is delicious!
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Serving: 100g | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 1000mg
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Akkawi Manakeesh Cheese Recipe

How to Make Akkawi Cheese – 5 Steps
Akkawi Cheese



  1. Put the warm water into a bowl or cup. Stir the yeast into the water and set aside for 5 minutes, or until it starts to bubble up.
  2. Mix flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Gradually pour the yeast water and oil into the dry ingredients. Stir well to bind, then knead for 5 to 10 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic when ready.
  4. Place the dough into a large bowl that you’ve greased with oil. Place a damp tea towel over the dough and let it rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  5. Meanwhile, crumble the cheese into a large bowl. Cover with cold water to soak and help remove the salt.
  6. Punch down the dough. Divide the dough into four equal-sized pieces.
  7. Place the dough back into the bowl and let it rest for an extra 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  9. On a floured surface, roll each ball of dough into a disc about 10-inches in diameter.
  10. Drain the akkawi cheese. Sprinkle about 1 cup of akkawi cheese over the dough. Sprinkle about 1/2 tablespoon of nigella seeds evenly over the cheese.
  11. Transfer the dough to a cookie sheet or pizza stone and bake 20 minutes, or until the crust is baked and cheese is melted.
  12. Serve warm


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