Giant West Bank cake aims for Guinness record

NABLUS- Palestinians with a sweet-tooth gathered on Saturday around a giant syrupy cheesecake treat they hope will set a new Guinness world record in their occupied West Bank city.
More than 100,000 Palestinians thronged Nablus city centre for a slice of Knafeh -- a cake sprinkled with pistachio and made of semolina, white cheese and a sugary syrup sprinkled with rose water.
Nablus bakers used 700 kilogrammes (1,540 pounds) of semolina flour and the same amount of cheese as well as 300 kilos (660 pounds) of sugar to produce the 74 metre long (243 feet) cake weighing 1,765 kilogrammes.

Giant West Bank cake aims for Guinness record
Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad and local dignitaries were among the first to receive a slice before the crowd was invited to dig into the Knafeh.
Hazem Shunnar, from the Guinness Book of World Records, and project mastermind Muhannad al-Arabi said that 170 bakers from 10 Nablus pastry shops helped make the giant Knafeh which cost around 15,000 dollars, the Palestinian news agency Maan reported.

Saturday, July 18th 2009

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