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Middle Eastern Basbousa Recipe

Middle Eastern Basbousa Recipe

 
Basbousa
Here is a quick an easy way to bring the Middle Eastern flavors to your kitchen. And if you are already making some, why not share this delicacy with friends and family? Since Basbousa transports well, it a perfect dessert for a potluck or a party.

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  • Type
  • Vegetarian
  • Level
  • Easy
  • Prep Time
  • 20 Minutes
  • Total Time
  • 50 Minutes
  • Yield
  • 20 Servings
Tools You Will Need:
1 medium bowl
1 large bowl
1 mixing spoon
1 cup
1 tsp
1 tbsp
9x12 baking dish
1 medium saucepan
A butter knife
Ingredients:
For the Syrup:
2 cups plus 3 tbsp white sugar
1½ 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
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Directions:
1. Preparing the syrup:

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.

Keep heating for 8-10 minutes until the mixture thickens and has a
syrup-like consistency. Set aside to cool.

2. Preparing the cake:

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease and flour the baking dish.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and
vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

4. 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.

5. Pour into a baking dish. Sprinkle the slivered almonds on top of the
mixture.

6. Using a butter knife, section the batter into small squares or diamonds.
Bake for 25 minutes.

7. Remove from the oven and drizzle the syrup on top of the cake. Let cool
for 20 minutes and serve.  
Best Served With: Fresh Lemonade

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