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    Basbousa - Semolina Cakes With Syrup

    Basbousa - Semolina Cakes With Syrup. Photo by chef FIFI

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    48 mins

    15 mins

    33 mins

    Nana Lee's Note:

    From Saad Fayed, I love basbousa with coffee after a good meal. They are just enough to add that extra "umpf" to a meal. The syrup is not too sugary, but sweet enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. Cooling period of 20 minutes not included.

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    Syrup Ingredients

    • 2 1/4 cups sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 1 lemon, juice of
    • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

    Cake Ingredients

    Optional

    • blanched almond halve
    • whipped cream

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Prepare syrup first.
    2. 2
      Dissolve sugar inwater in a medium saucepan.
    3. 3
      Add lemon juice and bring to a boil.
    4. 4
      Once the syrup begins to boil, add in honey.
    5. 5
      Reduce heat and allow to slowly boil for about 8-10 minutes.
    6. 6
      Remove from heat and set aside.
    7. 7
      Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    8. 8
      Lightly grease and flour a 9x12 baking dish.
    9. 9
      Cream together butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla.
    10. 10
      In a separate bowl, combine semolina, baking powder, and baking soda.
    11. 11
      Slowly add to butter and egg mixture.
    12. 12
      Stir in milk.
    13. 13
      Pour mixture into baking dish and smooth with spoon.
    14. 14
      Take a butter knife and make diagonal lines from left to right and complete to make diamond shapes.
    15. 15
      Place an almond in the center of each diamond.
    16. 16
      Bake for 25 minutes.
    17. 17
      Remove cake from oven and pour syrup over cake until no more can be absorbed.
    18. 18
      Allow to cool for 20 minutes.
    19. 19
      Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 23, 2006

      55

      10 star basboosa.Some like a drier grittier basboosa and some like a yummy moist cakey basboosa, well this is it.I have tried a recipe that called for using yogurt and it was a sour flop. This cake was very easy to make. I added a bit orange blossom water into the batter and the syrup. I also made a bit extra syrup because I like my middle eastern cakes sweet. I also reduced the semolina to 1 3/4 cup and added 1/4 shredded coconut. I did however have to increase the baking time quite a bit to approx 40 minutes. I will use this recipe over and over in the future. Thanks for the recipe.

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    • on August 19, 2006

      55

      I found this a really quick and easy recipe. My husband **really** likes it, and says it's the perfect partner to a cup of coffee. He's had repeat servings today. We had only a few slight variations in our recipe: I ran out of semolina while making this. I was a 1/3 cup short, so I made up the remainder with finely ground polenta (cornmeal). I only had whole almonds in skin on hand, so these went on as well. Also, our unbaked mix was a little to 'wet' to have diagonal lines drawn into it as instructed. And - just as the cake was finished baking and ready for syrup, I had to drive out somewhere in a hurry, so I left the syrup on the cake in a still warm oven. This caused the honey syrup to make a really nice shiny toffee glaze on the almonds, and brown the cake slightly. That was really nice! Thank you for posting this, it was a very lovely recipe. I don't visit here often, and this is my only review! I stopped by looking for semolina cake recipes because we had... (don't laugh) ...we ran out of flour. Today, our family enjoyed this cake warm, as well as cold from the fridge. We'll definitely make it again. Thank you!

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    • on July 07, 2012

      45

      Good and easy. However, the recipe should be rewritten with the ingredients listed according to when they are used. This list of ingredients seems somewhat random and made the recipe more difficult to follow than it needed to be.

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    Nutritional Facts for Basbousa - Semolina Cakes With Syrup

    Serving Size: 1 (62 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 30

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 161.9
     
    Calories from Fat 33
    20%
    Total Fat 3.7 g
    5%
    Saturated Fat 2.2 g
    11%
    Cholesterol 21.3 mg
    7%
    Sodium 197.5 mg
    8%
    Total Carbohydrate 30.4 g
    10%
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    1%
    Sugars 22.1 g
    88%
    Protein 2.1 g
    4%

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