- Syrup Ingredients
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- juice from 1 lemon (or 2 tablespoons orange juice)
- 1 teaspoon honey(optional)
- Cake Ingredients
- 2 cups semolina
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- blanched split almonds
- whipped cream (optional)
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.