The Real Reason You’re Visiting Nablus is to Eat Dessert

This story was originally published in  The Wayward Post. Read the full story here.

Posters of Hamas fighters and other militants paper an old stone alley in Nablus. Outside his shop, a baker cuts squares of pastry from a wide circular pan.

The flat, crumbly pastry is golden yellow in spots, toasted brown in others. Each slice with the spatula reveals a layer of soft, white cheese underneath. A light syrup drips from each piece as he slides it onto a plate. Somehow, the old hajji manages to keep his long, beige shirt clean.

This is kanafeh. In the West Bank city of Nablus, kanafeh is an institution.

Read the rest of the story here.

Making the pastry for khisnah or “rough” kanafeh.
Making the pastry for khisnah or “rough” kanafeh.
Tending to a pan of pastry.
Tending to a pan of pastry.
A pan of kanafeh.
A pan of kanafeh.
Kanafeh cooking, before being flipped.
Kanafeh cooking, before being flipped.
Pouring sweet syrup over kanafeh before serving.
Pouring sweet syrup over kanafeh before serving.
A slice of kanafeh from al-Aqsa Bakery, Nablus.
A slice of kanafeh from al-Aqsa Bakery, Nablus.

 

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