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Basbousa

Semolina cake

Basbousa

Ingredients:


For the Syrup:
2 cups plus 3 tbsp white sugar
1 cups water
2 tbsp orange juice (or lemon juice)
1 tsp honey

For the Cake:
2 cups semolina
1 cup white sugar
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp baking soda
2 medium eggs
Slivered almonds, blanched

Method:

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar and water. Add the orange (lemon) juice and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Add the honey and reduce the heat.
  2. Keep heating for 8-10 minutes until the mixture thickens and has a syrup-like consistency. Set aside to cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 180 celsius. Lightly grease and flour the baking dish.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
  5. In a separate medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredient mixture into the butter and egg mixture. Stir the milk and mix thoroughly until you get an even batter.
  6. Pour into a baking dish. Sprinkle the slivered almonds on top of the mixture.
  7. Using a butter knife, section the batter into small squares or diamonds. Bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and drizzle the syrup on top of the cake. Let cool for 20 minutes and serve.







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