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Jun 3, 2005 07:14 PM

Help me identify a Middle Eastern confection

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Is anyone familiar with Middle Eastern sweets? My son was given what looked sort of like a square of divinity, white in color with a couple of pistachios on top, but when you pulled at it, it came apart in threads, like cotton candy. The taste was mildly sweet and had a subtle nut (or maybe sesame) flavor.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. It could be knaffi (or knoffi?) which has a filling simliar to baklava and has a threadlike shell.

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    1. re: rkn
      Das Ubergeek

      Armenians call this "knafieh jeben". I think this might be what you're talking about.

    2. s

      sounds like it could be halvah, which is a mixture of sesame paste and honey. depending on how its made halvah can either break apart into a crumbly texture or else in sections with a threadlike grain. it doesn't sound like the pasty is kataif (bird's nest phyllo shreds) since this pastry is not usually sesame flavored.

      1. Maybe Pismaniye, (a.k.a. "Cotton Delight") from Turkey?

        Link: http://eatingchinese.org

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        1. re: Gary Soup

          Is that the same thing as "Turkish delight?"

          1. re: Caseophile

            No...Turkish Delight is more of a gumdrop-like consistency, except denser and super-sweet, covered in a kind of powdered sugar.

            1. re: gina

              "turkish delight" is Lokum in Turkish. The best (supposedly) is made by Haci Bekir in Istanbul.


              Link: http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/Tr...

        2. p
          peppermint pate

          Sounds like Persian fairy floss. I've never seen it in a solid square form but it's definitely thready and tastes like cotton candy.

          1. Sounds like it might be Gazz, Persian nougat. Here's a picture and a link to the website where I found it. Is this it?

            Link: http://www.shiringazz.com/gazz_story....

            Image: http://www.shiringazz.com/album_bm.jpg