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I grease the pan with tahina and i add the mazaher or orange blossom water to the atter(syrup) after it is cooled off. Also, the syrup should be made thiner and room temperature and added 10 minutes after the harisa being taken out from the oven. This is also called namoura or basboosa! I Oh, i rememberd too, that i wipe the surface with yogurt and then cut it with sharp knife into very small diamonds. I blanch the almonds, peel them and toast them a little before i cover each diamond with the almonds and bake it.I also used clarified butter instead of regular unsweetend butter. It was delicious!

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nanoosh.kharputly February 28, 2011

Good recipe..I added a bit of coconut and vanilla. I didnt boil my attar for that long, probably under 20 minutes. This cake needs alot of attar or it will be dry, and make sure you add it when it's hot. Thanks for the recipe.

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chef FIFI September 07, 2010

Irresistably delicious and doesn't get any easier than this to make! I followed the recipe exactly except for the syrup because I wanted to cut time short.So I just made the " Attar Palestinian syrup" from this site and it still turned out great.Thank you for posting this great recipe!

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Baker30 September 15, 2009

We invited people over to break Ramadan fast with us and I made this. Everyone loved it. My husband said I'd outdone myself! I didn't quite have 3 whole cups of semolina, about 2 3/4 so I sort of cut down on everything else as well, like using only 1 tsp of baking soda and cutting down on the sugar and water for the syrup. I used whole pistachios for each square. It certainly was a big hit and I'm already thinking about when I can make it again. thanks for sharing!

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browniepie September 08, 2009

I must have tried five or six different recipes for this cake, and this is by FAR the BEST!! If you are looking for great harissa dont look any further, this is it! Thanks Faten for an awesome recipe! We cant get enough!

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UmmIbrahim August 10, 2009

thanks so much for the recipe. my dad was craving some harissa for awhile now. i'm glad i found this recipe! it turned out delicious!!! and yes, we palestinians are big sweet-toothes!! ;)

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J. Khoury December 08, 2008

Thank you so much for this recipe. I have made several harissa cakes before but this one is by far the best we have ever eaten. My DH had an invitation and I made this for them and they ate the entire pan. He said they were crazy about it. Very nice with some tea.

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Umm Mazen April 19, 2008

In my family, this dessert is called "Namoura." I really love this dessert and have searched long and hard for a good recipe. This was by far the best recipe I have ever tried, no question. I think it may have something to do with how the yogurt is prepared with the baking soda, allowing air to penetrate the batter when mixed in so the syrup can soak in better. The only thing I added was about a tablespoon of rose water to the syrup. Also, I was pressed for time and could not wait for the cake to cool before pouring the syrup over it, but it still turned out OK. This dessert is sweet, sticky, syrupy heaven.

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Little Tomato July 12, 2007

Thanks for the great recipe. My husband is Palestinian and he absolutely loved this cake! I served it with mint tea. I hope more people will post Palestinian recipes like this one.

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Ummsami June 05, 2009

I made it second day of eid. my husband and kids liked it very much. might become a tradition for eid. thanks

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kanwal512 October 15, 2007
Harissa, Harisa, Haresa Arabic Semolina Cake