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Basbousa

The following recipe is a middle eastern cake/bar cookie called Basbousa. This dessert is easy to make as well as being a little different than the average cake. It is made with semolina which can be found in the baking section of most grocery stores. A light and sweet syrup and toasted almonds top this tasty and different cake!

 

Ingredients

2 cups semolina- found in the baking section of most grocery stores

3/4  cup white sugar

1/4 cup softened butter

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. baking powder

20 almonds, blanched and toasted

Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

lemon juice-optional

rose water- optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix  Semolina, sugar and butter. Add baking powder, yogurt and milk and mix well. You can also add 1/2 cup of coconut if you like. My kids like it plain but it is tasty with coconut. Spread in a round cake pan. Flatten this out as much as possible.

For this dessert you will be using a butter knife and cutting the bars before you bake them! It was hard for me to get this batter to smooth out using a spoon or knife so I wet my fingers with water slightly and it helped. I smoothed the batter out and then cut lines all the way across the batter to the end. Continue doing this until you have finished the whole pan. Then slice the other way to make diamond shapes. Place a toasted almond in each space where a portion will be.

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Bake for 40-45 minutes or until done.

When cake is done, remove from the oven and cool slightly. Place 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small sauce pan on the stove. Let this mixture come to a boil. Turn heat to a lower temperature so that it is still boiling but a low boil. Cook for ten minutes watching and monitoring so it does not boil over. It is common to add rose water and/or lemon juice at the end of boiling, for a few seconds. This is where I have changed the recipe and I leave my syrup plain.

Let syrup cool slightly and then pour warm syrup over cake. You can use all of the syrup or the desired amount. This is something that you can experiment with. Cool before serving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Hi Lynz…I love desserts with semolina, they look yummy😊

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    December 18, 2015
  2. skd #

    I have been wanting to make Basbousa for a while now. This one looks scrumptious. thanks for the recipe 🙂

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    December 18, 2015
  3. Wonderful .. I had heard of the name, now I know what it looks like.. 🙂 xxx Enjoy your weekend Lynz

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    December 18, 2015
  4. Looks delicious.

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    December 18, 2015
  5. Oh the sweet tooth is beckoning! Happy Holidays – Stay warm and cozy, Hugs, Cheryl

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    December 18, 2015
  6. koolaidmoms #

    My kids love trying new foods and this looks like something they would love! Thank you for sharing such a yummy cake!

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    December 18, 2015
  7. I’ve never baked with Semolina, Lynn. These look yummy! I like the idea of adding a little lemon to the glaze, too.

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    December 18, 2015
  8. Hi my name is Carisa and I’m addicted to Lynz posts. 😉 ❤️ I feel I need to go to rehab because I love all your posts. ;). They’re so good! ❤️

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    December 18, 2015
  9. That looks very soft and juicy! Yummie!

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    December 18, 2015
  10. These look so moist, dense and delicious Lynn!! 🙂

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    December 18, 2015
  11. I’m with your kids – plain is better!

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    December 18, 2015
  12. These look delicious!

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    December 18, 2015
  13. Looks really good, Lynz. I’m going towrite this one down and try it.
    Leslie

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    December 18, 2015
  14. Lynn, Is semolina used in a number of Middle Eastern deserts?

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    December 18, 2015
  15. This looks great and not too hard. What could I use instead of yogurt? Yaffa is allergic. Thanks!

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    December 18, 2015
  16. Lynz, you already know I love cookies. So, I want a kilo to have till Christmas night 🙂 🌲

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    December 18, 2015
  17. Well, if you’re dead set on not writing a book about your life, you know you could always do a cookbook. I bet it’d be just as successful!

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    December 18, 2015
    • thanks so much! I would love to do both but just having trouble getting started! We tried for a cookbook but it was too expensive with pretty pictures etc.! So we stopped! I didn’t know if people would buy it if it was plain!So much going on as well. But would love to! Thanks dear!

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      December 18, 2015
  18. Sounds yummy! It looks like they are cut in squares but are actually diamonds.

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    December 18, 2015
  19. Looks so amazing ☺☺☺

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    December 18, 2015
  20. Beautiful looking cake, as always.

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    December 18, 2015
  21. We have a similar desert in Greece called Rina’s halva. It’s very amusing to compare!

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    December 18, 2015
  22. omtatjuan3 #

    Why Why Yogurt…. Why….

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    December 18, 2015
  23. OldCountryGirl #

    The recipe sounds pretty interesting. I guess it is a pretty sweet treat, right ?

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    December 18, 2015
  24. I am so impressed that your cooking and baking skills have seemed to transition effortlessly back and forth between Western and Middle Eastern cuisines. Another great recipe.

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    December 18, 2015
  25. Another beauty, Lynn!

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    December 18, 2015
  26. We make a dessert, halwa, somewhat similar to it…easy, healthy and delicious… 🙂

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    December 18, 2015
  27. Yum! I especially love the semolina and yogurt… going to pin this now!

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    December 18, 2015
  28. Sounds so flavorful and delicious, dear Lynn!

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    December 18, 2015
  29. Another wonderful recipe. Thanks Lynn, hope your day is going well. 🙂

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    December 18, 2015
  30. They look so very buttery ! Yum. 🎄

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    December 18, 2015
  31. Here it is ! Looks very delicious Lynn ! Hope to try this soon 🙂

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    December 18, 2015
  32. Looks fantastic Lynn, delicious.

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    December 18, 2015
  33. One more for trying Lynn 😀

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    December 18, 2015
  34. Lynn, I think I have just gained an extra kilo. These sound so fascinating…got to try these !

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    December 19, 2015
  35. Can I be your apprentice? This sounds lovely Lynn!

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    December 19, 2015
  36. Simple and elegant!

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    December 19, 2015
  37. This cake looks and sounds delicious, Lynn, and I imagine the semolina gives it a slightly different texture to that of an ordinary cake. I do like the flavour of semolina, although I’m not sure whether you could taste it over the flavour of the syrup.

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    December 19, 2015
    • It does give it a different flavor and texture. The syrup is allot! But you can just put a little! It soaks in and is pretty good. A really different flavor for me with the syrup but I am used to it:)

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      December 19, 2015
  38. I love this dessert and looks delicious Lynn….

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    December 20, 2015
  39. superlike 🙂

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    December 20, 2015
  40. This is very nice Lynn! Semolina is available very easily here 🙂

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    December 21, 2015
  41. wow, this is right up my alley. I love simple cakes.

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    December 21, 2015
  42. Lovely cake! I love how semolina cake soaks up syrup. Yum 🙂

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    December 22, 2015
  43. MyKabulKitchen #

    My favorite!!!!

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    December 22, 2015

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