Delicious Egyptian Desserts For many travellers looking for a very unique and distinctive trip, Egypt is their destination of choice. The Pharaonic food, which is widely consumed across the Egyptian countryside, was prepared by the ancient Egyptians as a sacrifice to their gods. With its incredibly tasty cuisine, Egypt offers an almost infinite variety of dessert selections. Desserts of every kind, available in public stores, are Egypt's specialty and are known to be delectable at any time of the day. These are a few of the dessert varieties that are most popular in Egypt. Basbousa Basbousa is a sweet, syrup-soaked semolina cake that originated in Egypt. With time, it expanded to nearby nations, in the Middle East, such as Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. Each of them brought a distinct touch to the formula. Arabic word is translated to "small kiss" or "little sweet thing". In Egypt, basbosa is a widely consumed and much contested food. There are Egyptians who call it Harrisa. Some people think Harrisa and Basbosa are two distinct foods. It's a cake baked on a tray or pan that's created with yogurt, butter, sugar, coconut, and semolina flour. The basbousa cake has great cultural significance. It is a symbol of hospitality, is commonly offered to visitors as a kind gesture of generosity. Despite its obvious deliciousness, basbousa cake has a few health advantages. The major ingredient, semolina, gives you energy and is a healthy source of carbs. Additionally, it has a lot of fiber, which supports a healthy digestive system and helps with digestion. Because of its high sugar content, Basbousa cake should be consumed in moderation. Kunafa Konafa is believed to have roots in Egypt but also in Syria, and Turkey. It says Kunafa appeared in Egypt, when Caliph Al-Muizz Li-Din Allah entered Egypt. The Egyptians gave him a dish of kunafa as a sign of greeting. This popular Egyptian dish was either served plain with almonds on top or filled with custard. Mango, chocolate, and cheesecake kunafa are just a few of the numerous varieties that exist. The root of the word comes from “kanaf” an Arabic word that means to shelter or to protect. Middle Easterners love this dish, especially during Ramadan when they fast for the most of the day. Taste this unusual dessert; its crisp crumb and sweet, layered flavour will win you over. Om Ali Om Ali, which means “mother of Ali”. Its genesis tale, which includes intrigue, the royal court, a jealous wife, and murder, is actually very exciting. Shajar Al-Durr was a prominent Mamluk dynasty figure. She married Izz Al-Din Aybak, the future Sultan, since society disapproved of a woman in a position of authority. Izz Al-Din Aybak had a first wife, who was known as Um Ali. Aybak's first wife,Om Ali, held Shajar Al-Durr responsible for his death. Um Ali gave her servants the order to murder Shajar Al-Durr. After the deed was completed, Um Ali gave her chef the instruction to prepare a delectable dessert to commemorate her passing. This meal, consisting of milk, sugar, and flour, was served to the city's residents. That's how Um Ali's name got out there. These days, this dish is a bread pudding that is loaded with nuts and raisins, which is then baked to create this delectable delicacy. Typically, almonds, raisins, and coconut are added on top. Baklava Is one of the most well-liked sweets from the Mediterranean and Arabic cultures worldwide. Baklava is a delectable treat consisting of phyllo pastry layers. The pastry layers are filled with chopped nuts, pistachios, walnuts, and honey. A syrup scented with rosewater, cardamom, cinnamon, orange blossom, or saffron is added over the phyllo pastry. It is said that baklava, also known as baklawa, originated in the Ottoman Empire. Regarding who invented it first, the Greeks and the Turks are still at odds. From 1520 to 1566, Suleiman the Magnificent ruled the Ottoman Empire. Oftentimes, people call him Baklava. However, it was the Arabs who brought the unique flavours. Flavours like cardamom, rose water, pistachios, and syrup gave baklava its unique character. Is baklava, yet, a dish from Egypt? Yes, baklava is still loved in Egypt today and has a long history there. But regardless of its origin, baklava is available all over the world in various forms. Every country in West Asia and Europe has its own unique take on this confection. Today, it is considered the national dessert of the Turks, Arabs, Greeks, and Armenians. Kahk This delicious sweets for Eid with a strong Egyptian cultural influence. Egyptians have been celebrating Eid with unique biscuits that are thought to have originated in the pharaonic era for hundreds of years. During religious feasts in ancient Egypt, kahk was cooked and offered as a sacrifice to the high priests. Pharaonic kahk was decorated with pictures of the sun deity Aten and sun rays, and it was packed full of dates and figs. The patterns adorning the kahk gave the appearance of sunrays. Egyptian homes still employ the traditional monkash (metal tongs), which has been used for a long time to carve forms and drawings on kahk, to create lovely, artistic designs on their kahk pieces. During Ramadan in Cairo, these types of sweets are sold in street ovens closer to the end of the month. Over the year, Kahk will also be available at large confectionery chains. However, not all the time; you will be able to find it even there. Balah El Sham It is well known that pastry shops and street vendors sell it in large quantities. Balah El Sham is crisp on the outside but moist and juicy inside. They are soaked in thick, sometimes lemon-flavored syrup. In Lebanon and Syria, they often use orange blossom and rose water for flavoring. Gulf countries add cardamom and saffron as well. In Morocco, they use heated honey instead of syrup. Balah El Sham is translated as "Dates of Damascus". There are no dates in this dessert. It is referred to as Balah El-Sham in Egypt and Syria, Bamiyeh in Iran, and Datli in Iraq. It's also comparable to the Spanish treat called churros. Connect with us: BackpackGo is a product of Privacy policy Remove stored cookies Our story: aka about us Your story: who this app is for