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Barbix Jun 3, 2005 07:14 PM

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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    Barbix Jun 5, 2005 06:52 PM

    Thanks, 'hounds, for all the replies. Persian fairy floss and pismaniye sound like the closest thing. It was definitely cotton candy-like and melted in your mouth. Unlike cotton candy, it wasn't cloyingly sweet--it was much better. My only complaint was there wasn't enough of it.

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      Nancy Berry Jun 5, 2005 01:34 PM

      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.html

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

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        peppermint pate Jun 4, 2005 09:32 PM

        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.

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          Gary Soup Jun 3, 2005 08:09 PM

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

          Link: http://eatingchinese.org

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            Caseophile Jun 3, 2005 09:48 PM

            Is that the same thing as "Turkish delight?"

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              gina Jun 3, 2005 11:32 PM

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

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                Jerome Jun 4, 2005 05:29 PM

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

                http://www.hacibekir.com.tr/

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

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            sumfrequency Jun 3, 2005 08:06 PM

            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.

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              rkn Jun 3, 2005 08:02 PM

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

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                Das Ubergeek Jun 4, 2005 01:18 AM

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

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                  FlyerFan Jun 4, 2005 12:23 PM

                  Here's a link to a recipe.

                  Link: http://www.hallab1881.com/shopcatalog...

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