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Kunafa - queen of all desserts

Kunafah is a traditional dessert made with cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup and is popular throughout the Arab world.

Each Arab country has it's own version but, the original dessert was brought into Egypt with the Fatimid who built the city of Cairo in 969 and made Egypt the centre of their state.

The Egyptian version of Kunafa is delicious, toasted, sweet and crunchy on the top and bottom and the filling can be made with mixed nuts, cream, custard or ricotta cheese. Dessert prepared from kunefa dough can also be in the form of individual cookies or mini-rolls with nut or cream filling.

One of the most traditional sights on old Cairo streets is the Kunafa maker pouring the liquid kunafa dough from a sieve like container onto a large hot plate to make thread thin strips of Kunafa. 

the Kunafa maker pouring the liquid kunafa dough from a sieve onto a large hot plate