Basbousa Recipe/How to make Basbousa

how to make basbousa
Basbousa is a middle eastern sweet made from semolina .Its a very easy and delish semolina/sooji cake which is then soaked in sugar syrup.I was thinking of making this since long finally made this on my birthday.It was super yummy and we all loved it so much that it got over in a jiffy.Do try this and amaze your family members and guests.
middle eastern sweet basbousa recipe.




Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup semolina/rava/sooji
1/2 cup flour/APF/ maida
3/4 cup milk
1 egg * Vegetarians can add 1/4 cup yogurt/curds instead.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp almond essence
20 almonds

For the sugar syrup
3/4cup sugar
3/4cup water
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp rose water
few strands of saffron/kesar

Method
  • Mix the flour ,baking powder and semolina and powdered sugar.
  • Melt the butter and let it come to room temperature.
  • Mix the egg with melted butter and  milk.
  • Add the almond essence to the milk mixture .
  • Mix the flour to the milk and butter mixture .
  • Let it sit for 10-15 min.
  • Pour it 8 inch greased pan .
  • With the knife score/pre cut the batter into diagonal shapes and place blanched almond over every cut.
  • Bake for 35-40 min in preheated oven at 180 degree.
  • Meanwhile prepare the sugar syrup by boiling together sugar water and lemon juice for 10 min.
  • Then add the saffron and rose water and boil for 2 min s
  • Cut with the knife/Make score on the basbousa and pour the sugar syrup while its still warm.

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43 comments:

  1. looks beautifully made, had made this sometime back...yummy one!!

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  2. Yummy .......I feel to have this right now......... :)

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  3. one day i will make this one, when i dont know, but i wll, looks awesome.

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  4. I love basbousa.. so tasty and mothwatering..

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  5. I have to hide my head somewhere... being here where basbousa is like national food, I haven't made basbousa yet! What a shame... can I pick up a couple of them, if you don't mind? :)

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    1. Haha..that was a nice joke dear..you can take the whole plate dear.

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  6. Hi dear any option for almond essence...don't use rose water and kesar...can I make it without these two...and one more thing...should I pour the full sugar syrup on it or only few tablespoons...help

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    1. Yes u can skip kesar but add rose water if possible it gives a nice aroma and tastes really good. Almond essence can be substituted with vanilla or any other essence u want.. All the syrup has to be poured over..

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  7. Hi is fine semolina ok

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  8. Hi is fine semolina ok

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  9. Hi should the syrup be one string consistency...please help want to try this

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  10. There's no need for string consistency.. Just let it boil for 8 to 10 min then add rose water and boil for another 1-2 min

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  11. I only have heard about this sweet :) but it looks really good and definitely worth trying :)

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  12. this is lovely dessert which can be perfect for a dessert table

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  13. I haven't tried it as yet but the episode on Food Safari was mouth-watering! Yours look fantastic!! Would love to try it soon!:)

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    1. Actually that episode made me tempted to try this out

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  14. Ohhh!!! Loveable and am adding on my waiting list of recipes. Must try for the simplicity in making.

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  15. Hi please help me as soon as possible my cake is baking I made the sugar syrup will it taste little dour ...please help

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    1. It doesn't taste sour..the.sugar syrup gets soaked in the cake making it soft and moist

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  16. Hi Gloria,
    First I must ask, you mentioned you made this for your birthday. Did I miss your birthday??? If so, I'm sorry...I hope you had a wonderful time:)

    I have never heard of Basbousa before but it looks delicately lovely. It reminds me of something I have had before but I don't remember what it was called. Turkish friends of mine made it for me long, long ago. They may have used honey. I would love to try and make this Gloria, so I will be saving it for "some day." Thank you so much for sharing, Gloria...

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    1. Thanks a lot Lousie..yes my birthday was on the 22nd .NO worries my dear..Should be the same because some people do add honey.Thanks for your comment Lousie..

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    2. Happy Birthday, Gloria! I'm going to make a note of it so I can put you on the calendar one day, lol...I hope you had a glorious birthday! I think I'll try it your way:)

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  17. I had made it only once and loved it but never got a chance to make it again...Thanks for reminding dear:)

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  18. Thanx Lot dear..husband loved it

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    1. Happy to hear that..Thanks for the feeback.

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  19. babosua looks perfect, my favorite treat from Middle eastern store.

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  20. I think I had basbousa only once...and I sure enjoyed the texture of it...thanks for the recipe Gloria...
    Enjoy your week :)

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  21. wow gloria this is my all time fav meetha ... reminds me of my mom.. you have done so wonderfully.. amazingly done

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  22. Lovely basbousa.......awesome presentation.

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  23. Looks delicious. We make it mostly in ramadan.

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  24. This looks so good!! I have never tried this before, but I would love to try!

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  25. hi gloria wanted to ask have u used powdered milk or liquid milk.

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  26. We don't eat egg.Is there any substitute for egg which can be add?

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    1. sure you can add 1/4 cup yogurt/curds instead..just beat it well and then add

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  27. Hi Gloria.. as we do not eat egg can we substitute egg with something else.. We do dairy though
    Thanks:)

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  28. Can I make this in microwave oven.. Or pressure cooker.

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    1. Hi dear,
      I don't know much about microwave baking...but if u bake cakes in it you can surely bake this..if its convection microwave..n you can try it in the pressure cooker as well

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