Namurrah or Cream of Wheat Cake

"This is the easiest cake imaginable! Try it if you're looking for a low-fat cake or if (like me) you're wondering when the Cream of Wheat will ever get used up. The texture is like a muffin merged with pudding. It's different than most cakes but well worth trying. I thought of Najwa's Basbousa #12957 when I saw this in the Arab section of RecipeLand. Both are similar but this version has a thicker syrup and calls for Cream of Wheat and yogurt rather than semolina and buttermilk. The almonds on top are a nice touch. I like both recipes and personally think its best to bake them a day ahead so the syrup can thoroughly permeate the cake. It's great with coffee or tea--if you're concerned about fat in your diet, try this and you might not miss those high fat coffee cakes!"
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  • 2 cups cream of wheat, uncooked
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups yogurt, plain
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 12 cup almonds, slivered or sliced
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded (optional)
  • For the Topping Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water (optional) or 1/8 teaspoon orange essence (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Butter or grease a 9" x 13" pan and preheat oven to 425F (Note: Use an 8" x 8" pan for a half recipe).
  • In a large bowl, stir dry ingredients, the cream of wheat, sugar, baking powder, until well combined--then add yogurt and vanilla (and coconut, if desired) and stir until thoroughly blended.
  • Pour into prepared cake pan and sprinkle with almonds.
  • Bake about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • While baking, heat 1 c sugar and 1/2 c water to boiling on stove and remove from heat after it boils for a minute or two--then stir in the lemon juice (and orange blossom water or essence).
  • When cake is still warm, pour syrup over top.
  • Serve warm or cold.

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  1. FYI:semolina and cream of wheat are the same thing, just you can get different "grinds" of semolina to achive specific textures.
  2. Definitely, use the syrup. This makes a very heavy, dense cake.


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