Basbousa – Middle Eastern Dessert

Basbousa is a cake drizzled with a light syrup.  You may think it would be super sweet but it isn’t.  You will be pleasantly surprised.  Everyone enjoyed this light dessert for a Friday evening.





2 cups semolina flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup white sugar
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup whole almonds (I used whole almonds and pistachios)

1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease an 8 inch square baking dish.(I used a glass dish)
3.  In a large bowl, mix together the semolina flour, baking powder, 1 cup sugar, coconut and butter. Add the yogurt and milk; mix until moistened but not runny or liquid. If you see that it is too dry, add more milk.
4.  Spread into a greased 8 inch square baking dish, smoothing the top as much as possible. Decorate the top with whole almonds (and for me, pistachio.)
5.  Bake for 40 minutes (maybe a little less), until golden brown.
6.  While the basbousa is baking, combine the water, 1 cup of sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook for at least 5 minutes. (I would half this recipe next time.  I only used about a 1/4 cup of the syrup.) I cooked over the stove top for 10 minutes.
7.  When the basbousa has finished baking, pour the syrup over it as evenly as possible. Place it back in the oven for about 5 minute. Let rest for about 20 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.

YUM!!  Simple and Delicious!!

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