Mouth-Watering Egyptian Delicacies For Your Sweet Tooth

Egyptian cuisine is one of the most underrated yet fascinating culinary experiences ever to grace this world. Mostly an unapproached culture, these traditional delicacies tag along a diverse and delectable palette of their own, inviting all sweet-tooths willing to experiment. Roz bel laban is a slightly sweet, warm, and creamy rice pudding made by simmering together white rice, sugar, milk, orange blossom water, cinnamon, and raisins in a large pot.

Umm Ali (bread pudding) has its roots in the Ottoman Empire’s age. Translating to ‘Ali’s Mother’, it is Egypt’s national dessert and a must-try if you’re visiting. This dish requires bite-sized bread or pastry pieces sprinkled with nuts, cinnamon, coconut flakes, nutmeg, and raisins, to be baked in an oven and soaked in a mixture of full-fat milk, condensed sugar, and heavy cream. This mixture is then poured into a tray and baked until the top of the pudding is slightly brown. Cool it down, serve it with ice cream, or eat it warm, whichever works best for you.

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Everyone has heard of Kunafe with its recent popularity on Instagram and TikTok. This dessert is sweet, savory, crunchy, soft and melty, and flaky at the same time. If you’ve never tried it, you’d think that this combination of ingredients would never work, but prepare to be proven entirely wrong. Take shredded phyllo dough, vermicelli, or semolina dough and break it into even smaller pieces before tossing it with melted butter into a bowl. Simultaneously, boil together milk, cream, sugar, and corn starch before mixing in rose water, cottage, and mozzarella cheese. Take a baking pan, layer half of your phyllo dough, pour the cheese mixture, and then top it with the rest of it. Brush with melted butter and bake. Once done, prepare your sugar syrup using sugar, water, and lemon juice, and finally, pour enough over your dish to half-soak it.