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    1 hr

    10 mins

    50 mins

    najwa's Note:

    This is a traditional middle eastern dessert. Semolina is the main ingredient.

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    sugar syrup


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
    2. 2
      Melt butter, allow to cool to room temperature.
    3. 3
      Combine sugar and buttermilk in a large bowl.
    4. 4
      Combine the semolina, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda in a separate bowl.
    5. 5
      Add semolina mixture to buttermilk mixture, mix well, then add melted butter, and mix well.
    6. 6
      Spray an 11x7 inch pan with cooking spray, pour in the mixture; You may also use a 13x9 inch pan, and bake for 25 minutes instead of 30.
    7. 7
      Let sit for 20 minutes.
    8. 8
      Bake for 30 minutes, pour sugar syrup over it while still warm.
    9. 9
      This is usually served with tea or coffee.
    10. 10
      ------ Sugar Syrup ----------.
    11. 11
      Combine sugar, water and juice of half a lemon in a saucepan.
    12. 12
      Bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes, mixture should thicken when it cools.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 26, 2001


      This is an excellent version of one of my favorite local desserts. I made this with orange juice instead of lemon, and it was delicious! This is not a cake typical to American palates, but I highly suggest everyone try this at least once!

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    • on October 24, 2001


    • on August 29, 2003


      Thank you Najwa for a delicious and unusual cake recipe. I enjoyed the slightly chewy texture imparted by the semolina, and the sticky, moistness, provided by the syrup. My only complaint is that my family finished it off before I had a chance to have a second slice! Next time I will do as Mirj did, and make the syrup with orange juice.

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    Nutritional Facts for Basbousa(بسبوسة)

    Serving Size: 1 (118 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 327.1
    Calories from Fat 108
    Total Fat 12.0 g
    Saturated Fat 7.4 g
    Cholesterol 31.5 mg
    Sodium 377.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 51.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    Sugars 30.4 g
    Protein 4.5 g

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