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    Coconut Halva (Basbousa)

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    45 mins

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    30 mins

    Cookgirl's Note:

    If you like coconut, then you'll love this Egyptian dessert! I substituted almond extract for the vanilla and added a little bit of rosewater for flavor. Adapted fromt the cookbook Taste of the Middle East by Soheila Kimberley. You can find semolina in bulk at your local natural food store.

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    Simple Syrup

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Prepare the simple syrup first by placing the sugar, water, and lemon juice into a pan, stirring to mix and bring to boil. Simmer for about 6-8 minutes until the syrup has thickened just a little. Stir in rosewater if using. Allow syrup to cool then chill.
    2. 2
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan melt the butter. Add the sugar, flour, semolina, coconut, milk, baking powder and almond extract, mix thoroughly. Do not allow to burn.
    3. 3
      Pour the mixture into a buttered 8" square baking pan, flatten the top and bake in oven for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden.
    4. 4
      Remove halva from oven and cut diagonally so that you have diamond shaped portions. Prick the cake all over using a toothpick. Pour the chilled simple syrup evenly over the top and decorate with a whole almond on each diamond shaped piece. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 16, 2009

      35

      I have never had Basbousa before so I don't know what it is suppose to taste like. DH & I thought that this tasted ok but it wasn't very impressive. Sorry I couldn't rate it higher. Made for Ramadan Tag

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    • on October 03, 2006

      45

      I thought this was pretty good. The only thing was I had baked it in a pan that was too big and it come out thinner than what I had anticipated which is purely my fault for not following the directions. I used desicated coconut and it had a nice coconutty flavor to it, but next time I think I will use shredded coconut. I also used regular margarine and white sugar. Thanks for the yummy recipe.

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    • on May 23, 2007

      45

      very good

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    Nutritional Facts for Coconut Halva (Basbousa)

    Serving Size: 1 (141 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 623.1
     
    Calories from Fat 276
    44%
    Total Fat 30.6 g
    47%
    Saturated Fat 22.6 g
    113%
    Cholesterol 44.9 mg
    14%
    Sodium 87.2 mg
    3%
    Total Carbohydrate 81.8 g
    27%
    Dietary Fiber 5.1 g
    20%
    Sugars 43.3 g
    173%
    Protein 8.1 g
    16%

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