40 min

This cake originated from North Africa and the Middle East.  The cake contains no flour or eggs but is moist and delicious.  I took it for dessert on a recent picnic lunch.



For the cake

400g butter

300ml yogurt

200g caster sugar

350g fine semolina

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla essence

60g blanched almonds, roasted and chopped

60g pistachios, chopped

16 – 20 whole blanched almonds

For the syrup

300g caster sugar

200ml water

3 tbsp lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan.  Line a 21cm square cake tin with baking parchment.  Let the paper extend over the top for about 3 cm or use a loose bottomed tin to make it easier to remove the cake from the tin.

To make the syrup, place all the ingredients into a pan and bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.  By now, it should be syrupy.  Leave to cool.

Melt the butter and pour 275g of the butter into a bowl.  Add the yogurt, sugar, semolina, baking powder, vanilla extract and the chopped nuts and stir until combined.  Pour the mixture into the lined tin and smooth the top.   Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and immediately cut into diamond shapes.  Press an almond into the centre of each diamond.  Return the cake to the oven for a further 15 minutes until golden brown.

Take the cake out of the oven and pour the syrup all over the top of the cake.  Return to the oven for a further 2 minutes.

Heat the remaining butter.  Remove the Basbousa from the oven and pour the melted butter all over the cake.  Leave to cool in the tin and remove when cooled completely.

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Sounds amazing. I so have all ingredients in my pantry so I will give it a shot. I love your website. So great you share your recipes ♡♡