Semolina and Rose Water Dessert

    1 hour 55 minutes

    This Middle Eastern dessert made with semolina and yoghurt is called basboosa. After baking the dessert is soaked with a rose water syrup.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 1/2 cups (250g) semolina
    • 1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar
    • 1 cup (250g) low fat plain yoghurt
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
    • 3 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water
    • 1 3/4 cups (350ml) caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons rose water
    • 6 whole almonds, split in half

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:1hour cooling  ›  Ready in:1hour55min 

    1. In a medium bowl, mix together the semolina, sugar, yoghurt, oil, coconut and baking powder. Set aside for 30 minutes.
    2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the water, sugar and rosewater. Bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil for 3 or 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool to room temperature.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Spread the semolina mixture into the bottom of a 23x30cm baking dish. Slice into squares or diamonds, and place an almond half onto each piece.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until light brown. Switch the oven setting to grill, and grill until the top is golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the oven, and pour the cooled syrup over the hot squares. Serve warm.

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    Something else. this is wonderful and so simple. I made this as a Ramadan dessert treat for my DH and his friends. I upped the coconut by 1 tbsp. Decreased the sugar in the syrup by 1/4 cup and just boiled it a bit longer to get the right consistency for simple syrup. I had homemade rosewater my sister in law made and it is a bit stronger than store-bought. I still upped the rosewater by about 1tbsp. I just taste-tested the syrup after it was finished and adjusted accordingly. The flavor was not overpowering and was just perfect. Orange blossom water can also be substituted. **You may see semolina flour packaged as "cream of wheat" in a Middle Eastern or Indian grocery; it is the same as semolina flour, just a different name. Even though mine got a little too brown on top, it did not affect the flavor. Next time I'll only do 1 minute under the broiler. As it cools, it will absorb the simple syrup. These are also just as good served cold. Thanks so much for this wonderful simple recipe that will become a staple for my husband's sweet tooth!  -  29 Sep 2008


    Altered ingredient amounts. This was delicious! I used only a fraction of the syrup called for however - saved the rest as most of the first batch got eaten today by friends and coworkers! I also had only 3/4 cup of yoghurt but went ahead anyway. I upped the coconut slightly and ended up having to cook it an additional 6 minutes, and then under the broiler for about 45 seconds.  -  29 Sep 2008


    Used different ingredients. This is indeed a good recipe, i just made slight changes as follows: did not use rose water for the syrup, bud added 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and boiled together, once boiled, just stirred in 1-2 tablespoons honey. And used smaller baking dish, basboosa was thick and delicious! Thanks a lot!  -  29 Sep 2008