Role of desserts in our life
Desserts form an important part of any meals. It’s often said “When you are stressed you eat chocolates, ice creams and sweets, and you know why, because stressed spelled backwards means desserts”. So, you see what role dessert play in our eating habits. Every country has its distinct sets of desserts which are cooked here in a traditional style. Although people all over the world now cook and serve desserts which are specialties of other countries, but the taste and method used in the place of origin still seems to be different than the adapted methods used at other places.
Desserts in Egypt
Egyptian desserts share some similarity with the Levant, but they are still different in taste even though slightly. Egyptian desserts are made using natural ingredients and a lot of sugar. The desserts cooked in Egypt are unique and there distinct taste and flavor can be savored only when at this land of the deserts. The different types of dessert that one can find in Egypt include everything from Danish, French, Italian and traditional Egyptian desserts.
Egyptian desserts are loaded with calories but the taste is worth savoring into every bite, even though it’s calorie-laden. So, drench yourself into taste like never before, with these Egyptian desserts.
- Basbousa, often referred as Harissa is a dish made from semolina soaked in sugar syrup and is slightly spicy in taste. It’s served in diamond shape and is garnished with almonds.
- Baklava, made from pastry layers and nuts soaked in sugar syrup.
- Fatir are sweet pancakes similar to Kahk, appears like shortbread and is garnished with almonds.
- Kahk is another specialty among Egyptians desserts that is a traditional Eid food; its shortbread stuffed with walnuts, dates and covered with icing sugar.
- Konafa is another dessert served in Egypt made from pastry strands and is loaded with syrup and nuts.
Most consumed Egyptian desserts
Desserts form a crucial part of Egyptian cuisine. A large number of desserts in Egypt are made as puddings and pastries and almost every dessert is soaked in sugar or honey syrup, for that amazing taste.
- Baklava seems to a very popular Egyptian dessert which is popular in many other Arab countries as well. The basic ingredient that goes into its making include nuts, filo, dough and honey, this is one Egyptian dessert that has lesser sugar content.
- Fatir is among another popular dessert served in Egyptian cuisine, it resembles the pancakes made in America and apricots are most commonly used as the fruit filling. Also, egg filled Fatirs are popularly eaten and loved by people.
- Basbousa is an Egyptian dessert that contains that extreme sweet taste and is a semolina pastry served in different shapes and most commonly diamond. This dessert is a favorite among people of Egypt.
- Ice cream is another fondly eaten dessert of Egypt, but the local version available here is much different in taste compared to those sold commercially. In Egypt it’s named as Bbouzat Haleeb and possesses a gummy flavor and is lighter than most western ice creams. The ice cream of Egypt stretches like a nooget, when spooned.
- Umm Ali is touted to be a national sweet dish in Egypt which is a raisin cake and is very simple to make. It tastes best when hot and is served totally soaked in milk.
- Kanafa is a distinct dish among Egyptian desserts and is made out of batter strings fried on grills that are hot. A large number of stuffing variations are used like sweets, nuts and even meat, it’s available in both sweet and salty versions.
- Rice pudding in Egypt is another popular dish which is eaten by not just locals but tourists as well. Referred as Mahallabiyya here, it’s served garnished with chopped pistachios. Gatoux too enjoys a top place on the list and is a French style pastry sweet.
Most common ingredients used in Egyptian desserts
Two of the most common ingredients that go into the making of Egyptian desserts are Shalab and Misika. Misika is an Arabic gum which has now become a common ingredient among dessert all across the globe. Shalab on the other hand is an ingredient that is extracted from tubers of a large number of orchids. Also, Egyptians commonly consume a large number of fresh fruits when trying to satiate their sweet tooth. Desserts form an important part of meals served on a daily basis.
Dessert menu during ancient Egyptian festivals
Desserts in Egypt were used in festivals not just celebrated now, but since ancient times. The festival dessert menu basically consisted of raising bread, sweet bread, fried pastries, honey cakes and sweetmeats. In ancient Egypt the use of sugar was not seen and desserts were sweetened using dates and honey. Most ancient dessert in Egypt had a gravelly texture and cheese was frequently served with most Egyptian desserts during festivals.
Cakes in Egyptian dessert menus
Traditionally apple cakes that are seasoned with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are served in Egypt. Crushed nut is also added like almonds and nuts for that extra flavor. Sponge cakes too are popular here made from flour, eggs and sugar and raised with the help of baking powder. Also, pastries made from several layers and stuffed with jam or whipped creams are served in bite sized versions here. These cakes are usually glazed with icing or fondant in alternating stripes of colors to give that appealing look, where any foodie would just get desperate to fall into its tempting look, before tasting the same.
So, you can see that what role desserts in Egypt play in not just the festive menus, but even in meals served on daily basis. Tourists coming to Egypt must surely indulge into such sinful desserts that are typically served and cooked in Egypt to get that distinct taste which will linger on their taste buds for long. The variety of desserts served in Egypt is overwhelming and there is literally something for everyone to satiate any sweet tooth completely.
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