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Sunday, October 4, 2009

"Around The World in 30 Weekends"-Weekend 3 = Egypt

Dish Name: Basbousa(Egyptian Semolina Cakes)
Middle Eastern ‘Basbousa’ is a dessert traditionally served in Middle Eastern countries, primarily Egypt. Sugar syrup drizzled over the top makes it a unique dessert for any occasion, but Middle Eastern Basbousa is traditionally served with tea or coffee.

I first had this dessert when I was working at Cornell University. One of my colleagues wife is from Egypt. She once made this cake and send it to the lab for all of us.
Is was so delicious, sweet, moist, little crunchy from the almonds…we just devoured it!
I asked for the recipe the very next day….and since then, I have been making this dessert at home for ‘M’ who just loves it! It reminds us of the 'Eggless Rava cake' that mom used to make back in India.
We hardly have it with tea or coffee as they have it in middle east, as it is too sweet to have with tea/coffee. It makes a perfect dessert/ snack on its own though!
Here we go to Egypt ...with the sweet taste of Basbousa:
For the Cake:
1 and 1/4 cup Semolina/Rava
1/4 cup All Purpose flour
3/4 cup Yogurt
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 pinch salt
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Almonds for garnishing
For the Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2tsp lemon juice
Boil water,sugar,lemon juice,together for 10-15 mins.
1) Mix together melted butter,semolina,yogurt,all purpose flour.Keep aside for 1/2 hour
2) Add sugar,baking soda,baking powder,salt,lemon juice and mix together into smooth batter( Consistency like cake batter) Add little water if necessary.
3) Garnish with sliced almonds and bake at 350F for 40-45 mins.
4) Pour warm syrup over hot cake evenly.Let soak for 15-20 mins.Cut into classic 'diamond' shapes of Basbousa or into wedges like a pie.
5) Enjoy hot/warm/cold!

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