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Baboosa or Basbousa  is also called as hareesa, revani is a sweet cake made of semolina, cream of wheat or farina soaked in simple syrup. Coconut is a popular addition. The syrup may also optionally contain orange flower water or rose water. Basbousa is a popular dessert among Christians during fasting seasons such as lent. It is a famous middle eastern and Egyptian dessert.

Regional Dish:  Egypt

Cuisine Style: | Cooking Time 60 mins | Take it as such | Type Sweet| Shelf Life : 5  days| Quantity : 20 Servings.

Appx. Nutritional values calculated for 1 serving:

Calories (53.6Kcal), Carbohydrates (8g), Protein (1g), Fat (4g)

To make Syrup:

  •  2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey

To make Cake:

  •  2 cups semolina
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  •  1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  •  1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  •  blanched split almonds
  •  whipped cream


  1. Prepare syrup first. Dissolve sugar in water in a medium saucepan. Add lemon juice and bring to a boil. Once the syrup begins to boil, add in
    honey. Reduce heat and allow to slowly boil for about 8-10 minutes.Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease and flour a 9×12 baking dish.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine semolina, baking powder, and baking soda.Slowly add to butter and egg mixture. Stir in milk.
  5. Pour mixture into baking dish and smooth with spoon.
  6. Take a butter knife and make diagonal lines from left to right and complete to make diamond shapes. Place an almond in the center of each
    diamond. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove cake from oven and pour syrup over cake until no more can be absorbed. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream.

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