Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Basbousa with Semoline and Lemon Syrup

  1. Syrup Ingredients
  2. 2 1/4 cups sugar
  3. 1 1/2 cups water
  4. juice from 1 lemon (or 2 tablespoons orange juice)
  5. 1 teaspoon honey(optional)
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  7. Cake Ingredients
  8. 2 cups semolina
  9. 1 cup sugar
  10. 1 stick butter, softened
  11. 1 cup whole milk
  12. 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  13. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  14. 1 tablespoon baking soda
  15. 2 eggs
  16. blanched split almonds
  17. whipped cream (optional)

  18. Preparation:
    Prepare syrup first. Dissolve sugar in water in a medium saucepan. Add lemon juice and bring to a boil. Once the syrup begins to boil, add in honey. Reduce heat and allow to slowly boil for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9x12 baking dish.

    Cream together butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla.

    In a separate bowl, combine semolina, baking powder, and baking soda. Slowly add to butter and egg mixture. Stir in milk.

    Pour mixture into baking dish and smooth with spoon.

    Take a butter knife and make diagonal lines from left to right and complete to make diamond shapes. Place an almond in the center of each diamond. Bake for 25 minutes.

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