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Last Updated Wednesday December 07 2016 02:06 PM IST

Basbousa

Sumaija Asghar
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Basbousa

An incomparable sweet dish from the Arab world, Basbousa is more than a cake; it is syrup soaked cake with a dollop of whipped cream.

Ingredients

For syrup


2 ¼ cups sugar

1 ½ cups water

1 tsp lemon juice


For cake


2 cups semolina

1 cup sugar

1 stick softened butter

1 cup whole milk

1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tbsp baking soda

2 eggs

Blanched almonds

Whipped cream (optional)


Preparation

In a saucepan, add sugar, lemon juice and boil

Once the syrup boils, reduce heat and allow it to slowly boil for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and keep aside

Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9x12 baking dish

Beat butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl to a creamy consistency. Add eggs and vanilla extract

In a separate bowl, combine semolina, baking powder and baking soda

Slowly add to the butter and egg mixture. Stir in the milk

Pour mixture into baking dish and smooth out with spoon

Take a butter knife and make diagonal lines from left to right and complete to make diamond shapes

Place an almond in the centre of each diamond. Bake for 25-30 minutes

Remove cake from oven and pour syrup over it until it absorbs all of it. Allow to cool for 20 minutes

Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream


(The author is a tutor and chef at Greens Ayurveda, Mahe)

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