Monday, December 1, 2008

Basbousa Recipe

Basbousa also Basboussa is a dessert recipe found in the cuisines of the eastern Mediterranean under a variety of names, but in Egypt they call it Basbousa.

Sugar Syrup Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter
  • 2 talbespoons lemon juice
Sugar Syrup Preparation:
  • Put ingredients for sugar syrup into a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add 1 tablespoon clarified butter.
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes and cool.
Basbousa Ingredients:
  • 2 cups semolina flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup clarified butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 talbespoon plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, or 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
Basbousa Preparation:
  • Mix the sugar, coconut and semolina flour.
  • Put the milk and butter in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add the semolina mixture to the milk and butter, plus remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Coat a baking tray with butter.
  • Pour into a baking tray 1/2 inch high and distribute evenly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes until golden-yellow.
  • Remove from the oven and distribute slivered almonds or chopped hazelnuts over the top of the backed Basbousa. Press the nuts gently with your finger.
  • Leave the Basbousa to cool for 1 hour.
  • Soak with the cold sugar syrup.
  • Bake at 200 degrees for 5 minutes until golden-yellow.
  • Cut into pieces and serve warm or cold.

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