Thursday, 6 September 2012


You are probably tired of reading how easy the recipe is, but seriously, this one is easy! :) You have to try it for yourself to believe it!

What you will need

- For the basboosa:
1 cup of semolina
1 cup dessicated coconut 
1/2 cup sugar
1 + 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
1 can puck cream (see picture below) - if you can not get hold of this (although it should be in big supermarkets), you could replace with approx 3/4 cup yoghurt. I have never done this, so i can't guarantee the end taste/result. But you could try and report back)
1/3 cup milk
Tahini (sesame paste/syrup) just for the base of the oven proof pan - again, if you do not have this on hand, and don't want to buy it specifically, just oil the base of the pan.
*Optional: Almonds/cashews/pine seeds for decoration

- For the sugar syrup (Qatar):
1 + 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
Few drops of lemon juice

Directions to make
1) Mix the semolina, dessicated coconut, sugar and baking powder together in a bowl

2) Then add to the mixed dry ingredients the egg, oil and the cream, and mix well

3) Add to this mixture the milk and mix well

4) Rub tahini to the base of the oven proof pan, and pour the mixture

5) Decorate with almonds/cashews/pine seeds if you wish

6) Place into 180 degree oven (to be honest, i put it on full heat), and keep an eye out after 15 minutes. Remove when golden/brown

7) Meanwhile make the sugar syrup by placing the sugar and water in a saucepan and mix until it starts boiling

8) Once the mixture boils vigorously, place a few drops of lemon juice, mix for 30 seconds, then leave to continue boiling for a further minute

9) Once the basboosa is removed from the oven, cut into any shape you like, and pour the sugar syrup over it, so it soaks all the syrup :)

This is with cashews as decoration

This is with almonds as decoration

This was not taken with the thought that it would ever go on a blog, hence messy look!

As always, enjoy and feedback :)

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