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Basbousa recipe
Prep Time
20min
Cook Time
25min
Total Time
45min

Basbousa, a Middle Eastern sweet cake soaked in sugar syrup is a delicious treat also known as Basbosa or Suji Cake. It is a delightful dessert that is easy to make with just a few ingredients, and the results are simply amazing. Basbousa is a moist and flavorful cake made...

Ingredients

12 Servings
(1 serving = piece)

For the Cake

  • 250g
    Semolina (suji)
  • 1/2cup
    Sugar
  • 1/3cup
    Oil
  • 1/2cup
    Desiccated Coconut
  • 1cup
    Milk (room temperature)
  • 1tsp
    Baking Powder
  • 1/2tsp
    Baking Soda
  • 1/2tsp
    Vanilla Extract
  • Few Almonds, for topping

For the Syrup

  • 1/3cup
    Sugar
  • 1/2cup
    Water
  • 1tsp
    Lemon Juice
  • 1tsp
    Rose Water

How to make Basbousa

For the Syrup

  1. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and lemon juice over medium heat. Stir and boil for 3-4 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in the rose water. Let it cool and set aside.

For the Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Grease a 9-inch baking dish, sprinkle some semolina on the base; set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the semolina, sugar, and oil. Blend well until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

    Step 2.1: In a mixing bowl, mix the semolina, sugar, and oil
  3. Add the desiccated coconut and milk. Mix until well combined.

    Step 2.1: Add the desiccated coconut and milk
  4. Add the baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla extract to the batter, stirring gently to maintain a smooth, lump-free consistency. Let the batter rest for 10-15 minutes.

    Step 2.1: Add the baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla extract to the batter, stirring gently to maintain a smooth, lump-free consistency
  5. Pour the batter into the greased baking dish and spread it evenly.

  6. Using a knife, score the top of the batter into square or diamond shapes. Place an almond in the center of each piece and press them slightly into the batter.

    Step 2.1: Using a knife, score the top of the batter into square or diamond shapes
  7. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top turns golden. To check if the cake is ready, insert a toothpick or knife into the center. The cake is done if it comes out clean. If not, bake for a few more minutes and check again.

    Step 2.1: Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top turns golden

Finish the Basbousa

  1. Remove the cake from the oven and let it rest for 4-5 minutes.

  2. With the help of a knife, re-cut the squares or diamonds, and pour the cooled sugar syrup evenly all over the cake.

    Step 3.1: With the help of a knife, re-cut the squares or diamonds, and pour the cooled sugar syrup evenly all over the cake
  3. Let the basbousa absorb the syrup and cool completely before cutting along the scored lines.

    Step 3.1: Let the basbousa absorb the syrup and cool completely before cutting along the scored lines
  4. Enjoy the delicious Basbousa!

Tips & Tricks

  1. Avoid using a blender to mix the batter, as this can make it too dense.

  2. Mix the batter just enough; over-mixing can result in a dense cake.

  3. Using room-temperature milk helps in achieving a smoother batter consistency.

  4. Oven temperatures can vary, so keep an eye on the cake as it bakes. The top should be golden and a toothpick inserted should come out clean.

  5. Pour the syrup evenly over the cake to ensure every piece is well-soaked.

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Leena Kohli

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