Basbousa is a dessert that is not only popular in many Middle Eastern countries, but also in Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Greece. Basbousa is a sweet semolina cake that is soaked in sugar syrup. It may sound like a sweet treat but, trust me, it isn’t. Its just sweet enough to please your taste for desserts. Basbousa is a simple cake without any complicated method or ingredients. I guess that’s why my brother loves making it 🙂
350 grams fine semolina (2 cups)
130 grams sugar (2/3 cup)
100 grams shredded coconut (1 cup)
2 large eggs, beaten
160 ml melted unsalted butter (2/3 cup)
230 ml plain yogurt (1 cup)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla essence
400g sugar (2 cups)
475ml water (2 cups)
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp rose water
- Prepare the syrup first. In a saucepan, combine water, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil on high heat for about 10 minutes.
- In a bowl, add the semolina, sugar, baking powder, coconut, eggs, butter, and yogurt. Combine everything into a thick batter.
- Grease a baking dish with butter. Pour the batter in the dish evenly and refrigerate for an hour.
- Preheat the oven for 350 F. Make diamond or square cuts and top each with an almond. Bake for 40 minutes.
- Pour the sugar syrup on the hot cake. Bake for another 10 minutes. You can turn on the broiler for a minute or two to get the lovely brown color.
Categories: Arabian Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Eid Special Recipes