Adorned Semolina Cake - Basbousa

12-16
Servings
15m
Prep Time
30m
Cook Time
45m
Ready In


"This is a traditional cake that is very popular not only in Morocco but in other Middle Eastern countries. It is a tender-crumbed cake that is drizzled and soaked with a simple syrup noted with flavors of lemon and then dusted with pistachios. This cake goes perfect with a cup of Moroccan tea!"

Original recipe yields 12-16 servings
OK
  • FOR CAKE
  • FOR SUGAR SYRUP
  • FOR SERVING

Nutritional

  • Serving Size: 1 (226.7 g)
  • Calories 571.2
  • Total Fat - 14.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 226.7 mg
  • Sodium - 351.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 95.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.7 g
  • Sugars - 56.3 g
  • Protein - 16.4 g
  • Calcium - 123.2 mg
  • Iron - 3.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Make the Cake:


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Step 2

In a bowl, combine all of the cake ingredients into a thick batter and press into either a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or a 10-inch springform pan that's been greased and lined with parchment.

Step 3

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the center is set. Turn the oven to broil for 3 to 4 minutes to brown the top of the cake (Keep an eagle eye on the cake so as not to have it burn). Let cool.

Step 4

*Meanwhile, make the sugar syrup:*.

Step 5

In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water over high heat; boil until the sugar is dissolved. Add the lemon juice, zest, and allow the syrup to cool slightly before slowly pouring the syrup over the cake until it's completely absorbed.

To Serve:


Step 6

Cut into pieces and garnish each with the chopped pistachios and more coconut.

Tips & Variations


No special items needed.

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