Basbousa – Semolina Cake

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I have a very good Moroccan friend back in Washington DC who would whip up basbousa in the afternoons for a snack for our kids.  When I would come to pick up my youngest (she was our babysitter too) she would have warm pieces of cake held over for me to have a taste.  Yesterday, in a completely introspective mood, missing my friends that we left behind I decided to make this cake to surprise my husband.  (Plus I found a great cake stand on after Christmas clearance and I “needed” to use it!)  This is a very simple and quick cake to put together.


Basbousa
Cake Ingredients
2c fine semolina 
1 c all purpose flour
1 c sugar
1c 2% milk
1 tsp salt
1 stick of butter 


Syrup Ingredients
1 c water
1 c sugar
3-4 tsp honey


Directions:
1.  On medium heat melt the butter into the milk until combined and warm
2.  Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
3. Pour warm milk and butter into dry ingredients and mix well.  The mixture will not be as thin as cake batter – that is ok.  
4.  Preheat the oven to 375F.  Grease pan with butter and pour the batter into a baking dish – the cake will not rise, and should be a thickness of 1/4″ – 1/2″.  
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is browned.


To prepare syrup:
In a saucepan combine water, sugar and honey.  Allow to cook for 5-10  minutes until it has reduced to a syrup.  


When cake is removed from the oven, place onto serving dish and cover with syrup.  You may want to poke the cake with a fork to allow the syrup to permeate into the cake.  You can top with nuts, or powdered sugar or coconut.

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Amanda MouttakiBasbousa – Semolina Cake

Comments

  1. Inday

    For the cake ingredient, how much butter is required? Please state the measurement…Thank you so much.

  2. Anonymous

    Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

  3. Amanda in Rabat

    nope- we don't even have one of those countertop toaster oven deals…thought about buying one but I was afraid I wouldn't use it enough and now it seems pointless!

  4. Amanda

    You don't have an oven girl? oh man – I might have to concoct a stove top version ala cowboy style for you…

  5. Amanda in Rabat

    Mmmm…recipes like this make me wish I had an oven so I could bake my own cakes instead of having to buy them all the time. Saving the recipe for my stateside kitchen!

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