Basbousa - Semolina Cakes With Syrup

Recipe by Nana Lee
READY IN: 48mins




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