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Semolina cake with strawberries in rose syrup (Basbousa) recipe

 Semolina cake with strawberries in rose syrup (Basbousa)
 Semolina cake with strawberries in rose syrup (Basbousa)

8 Servings | Easy

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This traditional Middle Eastern semolina cake is perfectly paired with sweet strawberries in rose syrup.


125g unsalted butter
165g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
250g Greek-style yoghurt, plus extra, to serve
270g (1 1/2 cups) fine semolina
60g (1/2 cup) ground almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
30 whole blanched almonds

Strawberries in rose syrup

330g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon rosewater (see note)
500g small strawberries, hulled


Step 1 Preheat oven to 180°C.

Step 2 For cake, using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time until combined, then beat in yoghurt. Sift over semolina, ground almonds, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, and stir until combined.

Step 3 Spoon batter into a greased and baking paper-lined 20cm x 30cm slice tin. Level the top and, with a knife, score lightly into approximately 4cm diamond shapes (or squares) and place a whole almond in the centre of each. Bake for 35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Step 4 Meanwhile, for strawberries, combine sugar and 550ml water in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice, bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Place one-third of the syrup in a bowl with the rosewater and strawberries. When the cake is cooked, pour over remaining syrup. Leave cake to cool in tin, then cut as scored.

Step 5 Serve cake with strawberries in rose syrup, with a spoonful of extra yoghurt.

Source: taste.com.au

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