Basbousa (Semolina Cake)

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Total Time:
2 hours
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 2 cups - fine yellow semolina
  • 1/2 cup - unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup - superfine sugar
  • 2 small eggs
  • 1 tsp - baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp - baking soda
  • blanched split almonds
  • For syrup:
  • 2 1/4 cups - sugar
  • 1lemon (juice)

How to Make Basbousa (Semolina Cake)

  • Cream the butter and the sugar and then beat in the eggs.
  • Stir in a 1/2 cup water.
  • Sift together the semolina, baking powder, and soda. Stir into the butter mixture to form a smooth batter.
  • Preheat the oven to 350.5 F.
  • Lightly grease an 8-by-12-inch cake pan and pour in the batter.
  • Spread it evenly with the back of a spoon and then score across the top of the cake, parallel lines going from the bottom left corner to the top right and vice versa so as to form diamond shapes.
  • Place an almond in the center of each diamond.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes. The cake comes out firm and lightly browned.
  • Prepare the syrup as described and pour it, one spoonful at a time over the hot cake.
  • Stop when the cake will not absorb any more and set the cake aside to cool before serving.
  • For syrup:
  • Over a medium heat dissolve the sugar in 1 1/2 cups water. Add the lemon juice and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce heat and gently boil the syrup for 10 minutes.