23 Aug

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.


13 Responses to “Sfouf”

  1. lara August 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Actually i live in nice, France but i’m lebanese :) I was looking for some lebanese recipes and I found your blog , taste of beirut and many more ! Please keep posting , you have many “interesting recipes ” .

  2. lara August 19, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Hello ! I love your blog :) made sfoof yesterday … yummy ! Thank you for the recipe :)

    • Fragolina August 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

      hi Lara… I’m glad you liked the recipe. Its one of my favourite . I have changed a bit in the recipe, I’m using instead of milk, anis water ( anis seeds soaked in boiled water) I found this more delicious.

      • lara August 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

        Hi again ! My mom uses anis water too ! I should give it a try someday. I’ve been visiting your blog for a month now and I really love it . I love the photos too … specially your village and it’s beautiful houses ^^ waiting for more recipes :)) take care .

      • Fragolina August 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

        I’m glad you liked my village and the pictures, it’s a very beautiful place. I’ve been away from blogging, and posting new recipes. But you reminded me of it. So I’ll work on posting a new recipe. Do you live in Lebanon? take care, ciao

  3. christelle is flabbergasting September 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Another recipe I should have learn from my mother! Well, it’s not too late… :) Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Fragolina September 7, 2010 at 6:34 am #

      :), hihi, yes it’s not too late and I’d love to see your sfouf pictures. I love our lebanese sweets but most of them are too fatty… so i try to do easy light stuff.

  4. Jasmine August 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Sfous is delicious, it was one of my grandmother’s fav recipes!!

    • Fragolina August 24, 2010 at 6:50 am #

      Yes, very delicious, I love it, it was my favourite dessert too when I was younger, but now the “favourites” part is expanding.:) Thank you for stopping by.

  5. Confettina August 23, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    Oh Sfouf!!! Thanks for posting this! I almost forgot about sfouf! I’ll do some to take with me to a dinner we’re invited to this weekend. Thank you!

    • Fragolina August 23, 2010 at 10:53 am #

      Me love Sfouf alot… and the ones found in the sweets shops are NOT Sfouf, they don’t taste Sfouf at all. But this one is so yummmiii, I liked it…. :)


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