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persian cotton candy

January 17, 2014

Persian cotton candy

I am excited for Friday field trip today to share a dessert from another culture.  For Valentine’s Day this year I can serve a dessert that I find new and exciting… So, move over chocolate… this year I am serving Persian cotton candy! 

Persian cotton candy

I enjoy exploring other cultures and having a friend from the Middle East helps me learn about foods from that part of the world.  Remember that wonderful Persian Love Cake I made last year?   

My latest food introduction was a Middle Eastern dessert that compares with our cotton candy.  It is made from sugar like the American variety, but also contains shortening, flour, and cardamom and has a very delicate flavor.

Persian Cotton Candy

Interesting, isn’t it?

Because it is sold in a box, the challenge is to find a pretty way to serve it to guests.  It is very soft and separates into strands easily.  I found out from my friend that it is often packed into a glass to give the candy a shape and it can be served with nuts.

Since pistachios are so often used in Middle Eastern cuisine, I decided to use some chopped pistachios as a garnish for my cotton candy dessert.

Persian cotton candy

And, on one of my presentations, I could not resist adding a pool of honey.  I know – the ingredient is mostly sugar, so why add honey?  But, it tastes really good!

I hope you enjoyed exploring another culture with me as I tried Persian Cotton Candy. 

Persian cotton candy

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a really wonderful weekend.

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

Category: field trips, food & festivities | Tags: , , | 1 comment

  • Mona says:

    Really like the presentation! Pistachio makes it lovelier. It looks great and tastes even greater :)
    Thanks for sharing it!