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Friday, January 28, 2022

Basbousa (Coconut Yogurt Semolina Cake)

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Basbousa! the beauty of this popular classic Middle Eastern cake fool you. It’s actually super easy to make and Delicious.

You know basbousa is my favorite type of recipe. It’s super easy to make, You basically pour all the ingredients (both dry and wet) into a bowl and stir with a spoon, pour into a baking dish and that’s basically it.

There’s also the syrup. that you going to add on the basbousa, It’s a combination of water and sugar which is boiled for 10 mins then poured on the cake once it’s baked.

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Servings For : 6-8 People Prep Time : 40 Minutes


2 cups coarse semolina

1 cup coconut

1/2 cup butter melted (aka 1 stick)

1 ⁄3 cup sugar

baking soda 1 teaspoon

plain yogurt 1 cup

1 ⁄3 cup whole Roasted or blanched almonds to garnish or 1/3 pistachio.

For The Syrup:

2 cups sugar

water 1 1/2 cup

1 tablespoon rosewater

1 teaspoons lemon juice


Step 1:-

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 or 8×8 square with butter or olive oil and set aside.

Step 2:-

Mix the semolina, coconut, sugar, baking soda, and butter in a large bowl. Use your hands to incorporate the butter with the other ingredients until mixed well.

Step 3:-

Add the yogurt and continue mixing with your hands until fully combined. The mixture should be fairly thick and easy to press with hands (not thin like cake or brownie)

Step 4:-

Press the mix down onto a square baking dish or round pie pan. The cake mix should be about 1 inch thick. Cut a diamond or square design in the cake with a butter knife. Place an almond or any other type of nut you have on hand onto each pre-cut square.

Step 5:-

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 min to 40 mins until it’s a bronze brown color. If no color forms on the top turn on the broiler for 1-2 minutes until the top is golden/bronze. Cut the Cake again along the pre-cut lines and pour cold syrup on top while it’s hot so it can absorb all through.

Step 6:-

FOR THE SYRUP: While the cake is baking, mix all the ingredients for the syrup and place it in a saucepan on high until it boils. Boil for 10 minutes or until the syrup coats the back of a spoon.

Basbousa recipe

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