Eastern Dessert: Basbousa

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By Hasnaa Hassan
Onislam.net Staff

Basbousa Recipe
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Basbousa is a delicious dessert which is found in the Eastern Mediterranean cuisines under a variety of names. It is very popular in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, and Morocco.


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups yoghurt
  • 2 cups semolina
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Sugar syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • lemon, juice of


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Melt butter; allow cooling to room temperature.
  3. Combine sugar and yoghurt in a large bowl.
  4. Combine the semolina, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda in a separate bowl.
  5. Add semolina mixture to yoghurt mixture, mix well with your fingers, then add melted butter, and mix well.
  6. Spray an 11x7 inch pan with butter, pour in the mixture; you may also use a 13x9 inch pan, and bake for 25 minutes instead of 30.
  7. Let sit for 20 minutes.( you may decorate it with almonds or hazelnuts before baking)
  8. Bake for 30 minutes; pour the cool sugar syrup over it while still warm.
  9. This is usually served with tea or coffee.

Sugar Syrup

Combine sugar, water and juice of half a lemon in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow simmering for 20-25 minutes, mixture should thicken when it cools.


The sugar syrup should be prepared first and let it cool until you prepare Basbousa. So when the basbousa is baked, pour the cool syrup over hot basbousa.

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