Basbousa

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Basbousa is a middle eastern dessert. And it is magical. And delicious. And did we mention magical?

This sticky and sweet Semolina cake is quick and easy to make. (that rhymed!)

Here’s what:

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(oops! the sugar forgot to attend the meeting :S)

Here’s how:

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Place 2 1/2 cups of Semolina in a bowl.

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Add 1/2 a cup of flour..

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A cuppa sugaaaa..

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1 1/4 cups of yogurt,

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A teaspoon of baking powder,

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Aaaand finally, le one cup (226 g or 2 sticks) of melted butter!

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And mix.

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Until everything is fully incorporated.

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Cover with a plastic wrap and set mix aside for about half an hour.

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Now get a 13×9 inch baking pan, and here comes the secret ingredient. (Shhhh!)

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Spread 3 tablespoons of Tahini (a sesame paste) allll over that pan. It might seem a little weird but really, it brings out the flavor of the basbousa.

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Now spread the basbousa mix in the pan..

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And, if you want, put some almonds on top. Almonds are always good.

And bake at 375-400 F (190 C), for about 30 minutes, until golden brown.

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Just don’t do like us. We baked it until more-than-golden-brown. But honestly, it was still amazing.

Okay, this part is important. While it’s still hot, poke the basbousa all over with a fork. This is essential so the syrup can seep into it and give it that sticky sweetness.

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Now, unleash the power of the syrup! Spread all over.

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And there you have it!
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Basbousa:

2 1/2 cups Semolina
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup almonds (optional)
1 cup butter (melted)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup yogurt
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp Tahini
3 cups of syrup

– preheat the oven to 375-400 F (or 190 C)
– In a large bowl, mix together the semolina, flour, melted butter, sugar, yogurt, and baking powder.
– Mix until combined.
– In a 13″ x 9″ pan spread the tahini.
– place the mixture into the pan and decorate with almonds.
– Then just pop it into the oven.
– bake until golden brown.
– while it is still hot, poke basbousa all over with a fork.
-spread syrup, cut into squares, and enjoy.

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