Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins

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

Ingredients Nutrition


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


Most Helpful

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!

Mirj November 26, 2001

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.

Daydream August 28, 2003

I bought some semolina to try this and am glad I did. It is really much better the day after it's baked since the lemon flavored syrup will be completely absorbed. Eating a few hours after it was baked was like having overly sweet cornbread. But on the following day it was great! The texture was more like a very moist cake and the flavor developed nicely.

TommyGato August 20, 2003

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