This soft tender yellow cake is called Sfouf, it is a Lebanese traditional sweet. It is a simple easy cake to prepare. The recipe calls for semolina and turmeric, an asian spice that gives that beautiful yellow color and a unique flavor.
We add some ground anise to the batter. It is an aromatic plant, its flavor resembles liquorice, and its seeds are used either whole or ground in many dishes and desserts and in liquor like the middle eastern Arak.
The sfouf is one of the cakes that are favoured during Easter fasting because it doesn’t contain any eggs or any dairy products. Here I chose to use both milk and oil.The texture is so nice and I could eat more than a piece, of course, at once.
- 1 1/2 cup cake flour
- 1/2 cup semolina
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ground anise
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- roasted sesame or pine nuts, to sprinkle
Preheat oven to 175C. Mix the flours, turmeric, anise, baking powder together in a bowl. In another bowl, mix the sugar and milk together. Add the flour mixture, then add the oil and stir to combine.
Pour the batter in a round pan, sprinkle over the sesame or the pine nuts and bake for 25- 30 minutes til golden brown. Let cool and cut into small square pieces.