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Semolina Cake   Veg  CD  CBF  Egyptian  70mins

Egyptian Name: Basbousa

Makes 1 Cake
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100g/4oz Butter
50g/2oz Sugar
1 teasp Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
400g/14oz fine Semolina
1 teasp Baking Powder
teasp Baking Soda
180ml/6fl.oz.Plain Yogurt
12 Blanched split Almonds
For the Syrup
400g/14oz Granulated Sugar
1 tbsp Lemon Juice


1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, gas Mark 4 and grease a 20x30cm/8x12-inches baking tin.

2. Sift together the semolina, baking powder and baking soda twice into a mixing bowl. Set aside.

3. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and cream together until light and fluffy.

4. Add eggs one at a time beating well between each addition then add a little of the yoghurt.

5. Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture, a little at a time and alternating with the remaining yogurt.

6. Transfer the batter into the baking pan and place the almonds across in rows. Bake for 30-35 minutes until cake is cooked when tested with a toothpick which should come out clean when pushed into the cake.

7. Meanwhile, make the syrup by placing the sugar, water and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly over medium heat. Boil rapidly for 10 minutes, then remove from the heat and stand the pan in cold water to cool it.

8. Once the cake is cooked, spoon cooled syrup over the hot cake then allow to cool thoroughly.

9. Once cold, cut into diamond shapes or squares to serve.

Serve with Ushta or whipped cream. Can also be served as a dessert.


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Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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