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Lebanese namoura

Namoura Syrup-Soaked Semolina Cake

  • Author: Mariam
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Lebanese namoura is an incredibly rich semolina based dessert drenched in an aromatic sugar syrup and guaranteed to be a fan favorite.


Units Scale

For the Batter

  • 3 cups (500 grams) fine semolina
  • 1 cup sugar (or half for a lighter version)
  • 2 and 1/2 half sticks of salted butter, melted (275 grams)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups yogurt (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

For the Sugar Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of a medium-sized lemon
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom water (mazaher)



  1. Place the semolina, sugar, and melted butter in a bowl then mix them up really well.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt with the baking powder.
  3. Pour the yogurt mixture over the semolina, sugar, and butter blend.
  4. Spread the batter in a baking dish lined with parchment paper and use a spatula to smoothen it out.
  5. Make diamond-shaped cuts across the smoothened batter to make it easier to cut pieces out after baking.
  6. Melt a little bit of butter and brush it on the top.
  7. Place in the oven for around 35-45 minutes at 400 ℉ (200 ℃).

Orange Blossom Sugar Syrup:

  1. Place the sugar and water on high heat and let them bubble for a few minutes until you get a syrupy texture.
  2. Remove from heat, add the lemon juice and orange blossom water.
  3. Mix and drizzle the simple syrup over the namoura the moment it's out of the oven.
  4. Let the sugar-soaked namoura sit for 30 minutes.


  1. Reduce the sugar by half (in the semolina batter) for a less sweet version of this namoura semolina cake.
  2. Another way of reducing the sugar is by pouring the sugar syrup sparingly.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Lebanese


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 433 calories
  • Sugar: 38 g
  • Sodium: 2 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 69 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 38 mg

Keywords: namoura, lebanese namoura, syrup-soaked semolina cake, namoura recipe

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