Middle Eastern Semolina Cake Basbousa

Semolina Cake Basbousa
Wishing all of you a Happy New Year.

This Middle Eastern Semolina Cake known as Basbousa has many different versions of making, and this is a simple delicious recipe I like to make.

For the sugar syrup
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp orange blossom water or rose water

Boil the sugar with the water for about 7 to 8 minutes on medium low heat when the sugar dissolves add the lemon juice. Remove from heat and add the orange blossom water or rose water and leave the syrup in aside to cool. Cooled syrup is added to the hot cake before baking again so keep it ready.
Semolina Cake Basbousa
For the Basbousa
2 cups semolina
2/3 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup shredded desiccated coconut
2 eggs
2/3 cups melted unsalted butter
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp vanilla essence or powder
blanched almonds to place on top of the cake slices before baking

Mix all the ingredients except the almonds together and place it in a 9" x 13" baking dish and leave it in the fridge for about an hour. Remove from the fridge and score into diamonds or squares and place a blanched almond in the middle. I placed cut almonds in the middle. 

Bake in a 380F preheated oven until it is golden on top for about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and pour the sugar syrup over the cake and bake it again at 350F for another 7 to 10 minutes and serve warm.
Just before enjoying the cake make sure to warm it slightly.
Semolina Cake Basbousa
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  1. I like semolina cake but the only one I have tried before is Indian Kesari.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  2. one of my most fav. dessert. looks perfect. how was your NYE celebration? have a great year ahead.

  3. I used to buy from the middle eastern store, Looks delicious. happy new year to you and your family.

  4. I love basbousa.. looks very delicious.. happy new year..

  5. I never tried this but it looks super good....

  6. I always love basbousa, but never made it at home... looks so delicious...

  7. Wow.. Wished to try it at home since long..yummy

  8. Semolina cake looks so yum, Love its perfect colour too..


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