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14 Mar

This mediterranean dessert is very popular and easy to make. It has different names depending on the region. This is my first time baking this sweet. I decided to make it vegetarian, specially for this fasting period. It is very similar to a dessert called Nammoura, where we also use semolina and sugar syrup. The coconut gives the cake a distinctive flavor.

I liked my version of Basbousa and would definitely do it again with some changes, playing with a recipe is quite interesting.


– 2 cups semolina

– 1 cup shredded coconut

– 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

– 1/2 cup sugar

– 3/4 cup canola oil

– 1/2 cup warm water

For the sugar syrup

– 1 cup sugar

– 1 cup water

– squeeze of lemon

– 1 tsp orange blossom water

– 1 tsp rose water

Preheat oven to 190C. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the oil rubbing with your fingers till combined then slowly add the water mixing well the dough. Spread evenly the dough in an oiled round pan and bake for 30 minutes or until it is golden brown. Before the cake is fully baked, in 10 minutes, remove from oven and draw lozenges shapes with a knife and place slivered blanched almonds in the lozenges. Put back in oven for 10 more minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, prepare the sugar syrup, put the sugar and water in a saucepan, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture starts to boil and thicken. Remove from heat and add a squeeze of lemon, orange blossom water and rose water. Let cool.

Pour the sugar syrup over the cake and let it soak for few hours before serving.