Basbousa. Arabic semolina and coconut cake

Basboussa. Arabskie ciasto z semoliną (Fot. Marta El Marakchi © All rights reserved)


For making cake you need:

  • 2 cups fine semolina (cream of wheat),
  • 3/4  cup unsweetened, desiccated coconut,
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar,
  • 150 g unsalted Butter (melted, kept at room temperature),
  • 200 g plain Yogurt,
  • cup double cream,
  • 3/4 tsp baking sod,
  • 1/4 tsp salt,
  • 20-30 almonds or almond flakes (for garnish)

Bake the cake at 175 C in a preheated oven.

For making Syrup:

  • 1 cup water,
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar,
  • 2 tbsp  rose water,
  • 3 tsp lemon or lime juice,
  • 4-5 saffron strands,
  • 2 cloves of cardamom

Prepared the sugar syrup by combining sugar and water, bring it to boil, add the lemon juice and boil for few minutes. Finally add the orange blossom water and rose water, put off the stove and keep aside.

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