basbousa, Middle eastern dessert, semolina dessert
A Middle Eastern semolina and yogurt cake, perfect with coffee or tea.
or almond butter
For the syrup
orange blossom water
Preheat the oven to 320℉/175℃/160℃ fan, and butter an 8-inch (20 cm) baking dish.
In a large bowl, mix the semolina flour, 1 cup of sugar, the butter and the baking powder.
Add the milk and yogurt and mix till it is like a paste.
Spread the mixture evenly into the buttered baking dish and smooth it down. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle, comes out clean.
To make the syrup
In a small saucepan, combine the water and 1 cup sugar. Stir till the sugar dissolves, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly and add the orange blossom water. Set aside till the cake is ready.
Assemble the cake
Remove the cake from the oven. Cut into diamond shapes with a butter knife and press an almond in each piece.
While it is still warm, pour all the syrup slowly and evenly over the top of the cake, it will take a while to soak all the way through.
Place the cake back in the oven at the same temperature, for 5 minutes or till the top is a lovely golden colour. Serve warm or at room temperature.
For mini basbousas, pour the mixture into buttered cupcake tins and bake for 15 minutes (till golden brown). Pour sugar syrup over the mini version and bake for another 2-3 minutes.
Semolina and orange blossom water can be found at most Italian or Middle Eastern grocery stores.
This recipe does not make a very sweet cake but feel free to adjust the level of sweetness by reducing or adding to the amount of sugar in the syrup.
Keep the cake covered in a cool kitchen for up to 3 days.
This cake freezes well and can be frozen whole, packed in plastic wrap, or in pieces in freezer bags.
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g
* Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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