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    Posted July 28, 2013 by
    delimansc
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    Your favorite Eid traditions

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    Kunafah

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter delimansc, currently in the Libyan city of Benghazi for the summer, captured this mouthwatering image of Arabic sweets, or kunafah, which are extremely popular during the Muslim festival of Eid that marks the end of Ramadan. It has several variants according to the part of the Middle East where it is served. All are delicous. "Whether stacked or braided, stuffed with nuts or cream, it is always saturated for a period of time in syrup before it is ready for the public," he said.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Kunafah comes in many forms but usually only in two shapes: flat and stacked or twisted into a log.

    It consists of dough that is spread into string like threads over a large hot turntable to form what looks like mounds of angel hair pasta.

    Most Kunafah made in the home is of the flat and stacked variety, for hot fresh kunafah dough is required to able braid it into logs of pastry wrapped almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews, cheese, cream, or cream cheese.

    Whether stacked or braided, stuffed with nuts or cream, it is always saturated for a period of time in syrup before it is ready for the public.

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