Thursday, July 19, 2012

First Time's A Charm!

If you're an Arab, or are friends with an Arab person then you surely know this dessert. It's light and very sweet and as I have recently discovered, very easy to make!


The Basboosa is a Ramadhan staple in our home. Almost once a week, it is made and enjoyed over a hot cup of tea. I've been watching my mum and sisters make this dessert for years, but never attempted to make it myself. Well, not until two nights ago. I was motivated by an article that's being published in a local newspaper about the Holy Month and I volunteered to make, and take pictures of it to be published alongside the article. Another recipe is also being included, made by one of the lovely Aunties. 

Although I am happy that I've finally cracked the basboosa code, I don't think I will make it often; or again for that matter. I am the type to enjoy eating this dish more than making it myself. And this is true for a number of dishes that my mum makes for us.

Onto the crux of this post, the recipe:

1 1/3 cup milk powder
1 1/3 cup semolina
1 1/3 yoghurt
1 1/3 cup coconut
1 cup sugar
1 1/3  vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt

For syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar


Mix all dry ingredients. 

Add oil, egg and mix well until combined. 

Butter a baking tray and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

For syrup: 
Boil sugar and water until sticky.  Pour over Basboosa while still hot. 

Leave it to cool completely, usually 30 minute-1 hour.


If you do attempt to make this, please let me know how it turns out for you!


Chahrazad said...

Looks very delicious.
Thanks for sharing dear.
We make each year chebakia haha. It is a real Moroccan thing we make in the Ramadan.


Trendy Melbourne said...

Yummm I too love Basboosa but never made it myself. Omg I have the same issue. If I cook/bake I can't enjoy it so I don't bother.

Lala said...

Omg yumm! I've never tasted it but looks soo good! :)

-Amina said...

Chahrazad, I googled the Chebakia and it looks YUM! Would love to know how it's made :)

TM, it's a cruel world aye. But then again, you have to try it at least once for yourself, just to say you've made it haha

Lala, Give the recipe a go! It's a nice Ramadhan treat, i'm sure you and your family will love it!

S said...

Love basboosa! Thank you for sharing the recipe :)


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