Desserts That You Should Try During Your Sharm El Sheikh Vacation
If you're looking for a vacation where you can relax in perfect weather, while indulging your taste for good food, one place stands out. Sharm El Sheikh holidays are perfect if you like to soak up the sun, relax in a beach setting, enjoy sumptuous meals and delectable desserts, and basically enjoy your summer break. It has everything you could want.
Egyptian food includes influences from several countries such as Syria, Turkey, the Lebanon, Greece and France. Some desserts have a lot in common with similar dishes in the Levant, but the Egyptian ones have developed a little differently. They use natural ingredients, but have a high sugar content - but, then, you're on holiday, so why not?
Egyptian Sweet Couscous Dessert
You're probably familiar with couscous, even if you've never travelled to the Middle East or North Africa, but have you tried it in a dessert? Use this opportunity to get acquainted with the sweet variety. Expect to taste almonds and pistachios, rose water and fruit juice, butter, cinnamon, and of course, sugar. It will come to you garnished with fruit, candy-coated almonds (kufeta) and pomegranate seeds. Drink it with a glass of cold milk, or a small cup of Arabic coffee.
Ataif (Arab Filled Pancakes)
If you have a fondness for pancakes, try these! Stuffed with sweetened chopped walnuts, flavoured with cinnamon, and soaked in a sweet syrup of rose water and lemon juice, they are delicious hot or cold.
Ancient Egyptian Date Candy
Don't worry, this isn't a dish that's past its sell-by date, but one that dates from a time when dates, figs,pomegranates and grapes were all that could be grown in the heat - that would have been around 1600 BC. The current recipe was found on an ostraca, or piece of pottery. The sweets are formed from a mixture of dates, cinnamon, kardemon seeds, and ground walnuts. Each one is covered with warm honey and ground almonds.
Umm Ali (Egyptian Bread and Butter Pudding)
Also spelt as Omm Ali, which means Mother of Ali, this is nothing like the traditional Western version. A concoction of crumbled pastry, cream-enriched custard, chopped nuts, raisins and egg, it's served with more cream, and sprinkled with cinnamon.
Egyptian desserts will definitely tickle your taste buds and stimulate your sweet tooth, for this reason you shouldn’t forget to visit the top-notch cafes and restaurants when your Sharm El Sheikh pushes through. This is one of the best things that you can do!