Thursday, April 7, 2011

Basbousa---Egyptian Semolina Cake


Easy to prepare and delicious to eat, this cake is your choice on a day when your sweet tooth is acting up!




This semolina cake with its unique lemon sugar syrup is a favorite of arabs and non-arabs all over the world! The recipe was taken from http://mideastfood.about.com posted by Saad Fayed and is to DIE for! Serve with a cup of coffee after a meal or some whipped cream and you will be in seventh heaven!


Ingredients:
  • Syrup Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • juice from 1 lemon (or 2 tablespoons orange juice)
  • 1 teaspoon honey(optional)
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  • Cake Ingredinets
  • 2 cups semolina
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • blanched split almonds
  • whipped cream (optional)
Preparation:
Prepare syrup first. Dissolve sugar in water in a medium saucepan. Add lemon juice and bring to a boil. Once the syrup begins to boil, add in honey. Reduce heat and allow to slowly boil for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9x12 baking dish.

Cream together butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine semolina, baking powder, and baking soda. Slowly add to butter and egg mixture. Stir in milk.

Pour mixture into baking dish and smooth with spoon.

Take a butter knife and make diagonal lines from left to right and complete to make diamond shapes. Place an almond in the center of each diamond. Bake for 25 minutes.

Remove cake from oven and pour syrup over cake until no more can be absorbed. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.

Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream.

Happy Cooking!

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