Basbousa egyptian dessert Recipe

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Basbousa is a sweet, syrup-soaked semolina cake that melts in your mouth. Basbousa was originated in egypt or the middle east.

Alternative names for this sweet Dessert:

  • Hareeseh: Popular in several Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria.
  • Namoura: Popular in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine.
  • Revani: Popular in Greece, Turkey, and Egypt.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups fine semolina
  • 1/2 cup butter or ghee
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds or coconut flakes (optional)
  • Syrup:
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 tsp lemon juice or orange zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the semolina, sugar, butter or ghee, yogurt, milk, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Mix well until smooth.
  3. Fold in the chopped almonds or coconut flakes, if using.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and smooth out the surface.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  6. While the Basbousa is baking, prepare the syrup. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the Basbousa from the oven and pour the syrup evenly over the top. Let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.

Enjoy your homemade Basbousa!

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