Sunday, July 19, 2009
Largest Kunafa pastry-Muhanned al-Rabbe sets
NABLUS, West Bank -- Muhanned al-Rabbe,
a Palestinian pastry baker, produced a 243-foot (74 meters)
long, 1.05 meters wide kunafa which weighed 3,891 lbs (1,756
kg)-setting the world record for the Largest
Photo: Palestinians help
themselves to a piece from the world's largest knafeh in the
West Bank city of Nablus / AFP (enlarge
More than 100,000 Palestinians gathered
in Nablus city center to watch the process and grab a bite
of Knafeh-a cake sprinkled with pistachio and made of semolina,
white cheese and sugary syrup sprinkled with rose water.
The ingredients are as follows: 600 kilograms
of white cheese, 660 lbs (300 kilograms) of sugar, 1,540 lbs
(700 kilograms) of flour, 40 kilograms of pistachios, 6 tins
of cooking fat.
22 cooking gas canisters were used in baking
the giant Kunafa and that the plate was 74 meters long and
1.05 meters wide, weighing 1,765 kilograms.
170 bakers from ten Nablus knafa bakeries assisted
in creating the giant pastry, which cost some 15,000 US dollars.
The Palestinian Standards Institute certified the measurements.
The baking of the Kunafa took six hours and Prime Minister
Salam Fayyad opened it before public who gathered in the
“Today Nablus became not only famous as
a producer of knafa, but also as producer of hope for all
of Palestine,” said Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who was born
Photo: American, Tunisian, Jordanian
and Egyptian representatives to the Palestinian Authority
were in attendance at the unveiling of the knafa, which was
set up in Nablus’ central Ash-Shuhada (Martyrs) square. Photo
by Ma'an News Agency
The opening ceremony took place on the
third day of Nablus' shopping festival and 500 Palestinian
policemen were present to maintain order.
Nablus is one of the oldest cities in
the region with a population of 135,000 people. It is famous
for its Arab sweets, especially the Kunafa, and soap.
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Sunday, July 19, 2009