I have previously raved about how much I love middle eastern recipes. The best part about these recipes is that they don’t use many synthetic products, sauces, array of weird food colors that we’re all fond of using in our day to day life. I first had this little arabic cake, Basbousa on my very first flight back from Saudia Arabia many years ago. Once I knew about it, I kept seeing it time and again, and not just in Saudi Arabia but other places as well. Needless to say that I love this, since I love all things sweet and moist. I also love savory. So, I guess I love everything that goes into the mouth. Except the things toddlers tend to pick up from the floor and eat( My youngest sister is famous for having put a baby cockroach in her mouth as a toddler,she probably would have chewed it if my mom hadn’t seen this and forced her to spit the creature out . Personally, I think this just shows her food preferences.Once a cockroach,always a cockroach)
What You Need For The Cake
1 1/2 cup semolina flour
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup plain or Greek yogurt
1/2 cup finely shredded coconut
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
On Medium heat add 1/2 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar, let it simmer until sugar dissolves.
Add 1 tbsp rosewater and 1 tsp lemon juice to the sugar syrup
How to go about it
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Flour and grease the baking pan.
Sift flour,baking powder and baking soda and sugar in one bowl
Whisk egg, butter,vanilla and yogurt in another
Beat all the ingredients together and fold in shredded coconut
Add the mixture to a baking pan
Sprinkle almonds on top
Set to bake.
Right after baking,add hot syrup over this.Let the cake absorb this.
After cooling cut the cake diagonally from left to right for diamond shaped mini cakes
27 thoughts on “Basbousa: Middle Eastern Mini Cakes”
Looks delicious and not to complicated.
thankyou….my family loved this, hope you try it out 🙂
It is on my menu for next week, cant wait to try it.
Oh i soo love basbousa! And this one looks like keeper. 🙂
It was amazing Sadia…..I remember the first time I had it, I kept asking the cook about it’s ingredients (Coconut surprised me since you can’t really identify it in there) 🙂
This recipe is delectable. I will be trying this one. thanks for sharing.
Your food blog is wonderful. Lots of great food creations here. I like your Salad Sundays. I don’t have that but I do have what I call Salads as a Main Course…which is mixed greens, sometimes some fruit and always chicken breast.
Your invited to take a look: http://splendidrecipes.wordpress.com/category/salads-as-a-main-course/
Mean time I look forward to more from Miss Spicy Hat N’ Sugar Soaks.
Thankyou so much for your kind comment…..I enjoyed looking at the yummy yet healthy recipes on your blog. Expecting to see more awesome posts from you in future! 🙂 Ayesha xxxx
Tasty looking photos!
thanks a lot yummy 😉
This looks and sounds quite tasty!
thanks a lot yummy mama…hope one of your boys love this! 😉
Yum!!! And so simple!! Nothing in the house at the moment…….bookmarked this one!!!!!! Hugs………
yep…simple attracts me like nothing else does. Seems like I’m always short on time. I have to make food and then take photos. So yes, manageable yet yummy recipes do the trick for me! 😉
Love your sense of humor!
Thanks Ronit 😉 Can’t wait to try out your onion tart….! time, I need more time dear God!
Time is indeed scarce… 🙂
Looks simply wonderful!
thankyou you awesomely curious person! best wishes 🙂
Thank you so much!
Whahahahahah Ayesha! You always make me laugh. I am sure your sister enjoys your delicious food as well and is glad she doesn’t have to eat cockroaches…LOL!
Great recipe and one day I will try it for sure. Love the photo’s. You are the queen of foodie photo’s indeed! Thanks for sharing hon. *big hugs*
Thankyerrr so much Sonel………Actually she’s a cockroach herself(I’m not liking her too much at the moment since she’s a sneaky telltale) 😛 ………………………Hopefully you’ll love it once you try it out 🙂
I really love the look of this – right up my street. I was mentally trying to decide whether or not I had the necessary ingredients while reading the recipe. I hope so! 🙂
Thankyou….this is a very simple recipe, just like whipping up a plain pound cake! but more delicious 🙂
I love Middle Eastern food. The flavors just amazing. I need to try this dessert, I bet it will make me smile sweetly.
I love trying new food and this looks like a good one!
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Ahhh my mother often makes this. It’s delicious! Another similar recipe is called sufouf – have you heard of it?
oh yes I love that as well…… that and Basbousa are sort of fraternal twins(Since what sets them apart is the addition of flour in sfouf) 🙂 (Good reminder, I’ll do that soon on my blog 😛 )