Egyptian Semolina Syrup Cake - Basboosa

>> Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Basboosa is a traditional Egyptian semolina cake, made with few ingredients but tastes great. Its a soft, moist cake that soaked in honey sugar syrup. Its very simple to make and tastes good with tea. My recipe made quiet sweeter cakes. So next time I will reduce the sugar used for syrup a little bit.
Things needed for Cake
Semolina/ Rava/ Cream of wheat - 1/2 Cup
All purpose flour - 1/3 Cup
Sugar - 1/4 Cup
Yogurt - 1/4 Cup
Water - 1/3 Cup
Butter - 1/4 Cup
Baking powder - 1/2 Tsp
Almonds - 10 nos.

Things needed for syrup
Sugar - 1/3 Cup
Honey - 1 Tbsp
Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
Water - 1/3 Cup
First prepare the sugar syrup by boiling sugar, water, lemon juice and honey in a pan. The syrup is ready when it has reduces to about half of its original volume. Turn off the heat and let it cool. Adding honey gives lot more flavors to the cake. Few recipes also call for adding lemon zest, which I didn't use.
Mix semolina, flour and baking powder in a blow. Beat yogurt with butter and sugar until all the sugar is dissolved and a creamy texture is obtained.  Now add the dry ingredients to the yogurt mixture and mix until there are no lumps. This cake batter will not be like usual cake batter. It will be quiet thicker.
Grease a baking pan with butter and spread the cake batter over it using a spatula. Now lightly mark the diamond or square shapes into the batter using a knife. Place the almonds in the center of each square marked.
Bake the cake in the oven pre-heated to 350F for about 20 minutes or until the cake is done.
Remove the cake from oven and let it cool for couple of minutes. Now pour the cooled sugar syrup on to the hot cake and it absorb all the syrup. Cut the cake along the pre-cut slots and serve with tea or coffee.

This moist, soft and simple cake goes to Tobias's 11th Mediterranean cooking event-Egypt


Unknown September 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM  

wow, it looks delicious !!!

Satya September 8, 2010 at 4:51 PM  

basboosa looks delicious ...very new dessert for me n i am sure it tastes awesome


Puja September 8, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

very new n interesting dessert..looks fab!!

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Sadhana Valentina September 8, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

That looks great.

tobias kocht! September 9, 2010 at 12:03 AM  

Looks fab your soft cake. Thanks for participating the event!

Pavithra Srihari September 9, 2010 at 2:48 AM  

Find lots of international cuisine at this space .. this is very new to me ..

Thanks for dropping and leaving lovely comments on my space

Akila September 9, 2010 at 7:58 PM  

simply superb... bookmarked...

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