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basbousa semolina cake with honey and yogurt

Basbousa Semolina Cake

  • Author: Samara
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This basbousa recipe is our favorite Arabic semolina cake recipe made from coarse semolina, ghee, sugar, honey, yogurt, and orange blossom simple syrup.


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Semolina Cake

  • 2 cups coarse semolina
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp tahini (to grease the pan)
  • Pistachios, almonds, or pine nuts to decorate

Simple Syrup

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp orange blossom water
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Mix the semolina, sugar, and baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, melt the ghee in the microwave and mix in the honey until fully incorporated.
  3. Pour the ghee into the bowl with the semolina mixture and mix until all the semolina is incorporated.
  4. Add in the yogurt and mix until you have a squishy dough.
  5. Grease a 12-inch round baking pan (or a similar size rectangular pan) with tahini and lightly press the dough into it until smooth and even.
  6. Let rest uncovered for at least an hour.
  7. While the dough rests, start on your simple syrup by dissolving the sugar and water in a saucepan on the stove.
  8. Bring to a boil and add the lemon juice, stirring until it thickens. Add in the orange blossom water then set aside for when the basbousa is ready.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 ℉ (180 ℃). Cut diagonal lines into the basbousa so you have diamond shapes, and garnish with nuts of choice. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the top is golden.
  10. Pour sugar syrup on top as soon as it's out of the oven, and wait for all the syrup to be absorbed before serving.


  1. Pour the syrup onto the basbousa immediately after it's out of the oven.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 262
  • Sugar: 20.3 g
  • Sodium: 61 mg
  • Fat: 9.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.9 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 22 mg

Keywords: basbousa, semolina cake, arabic semolina cake, basboosa

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