Basbousa !! A Turkish Delight !!

Basbousa or Hareesa or Revani or Ravani is a sweet cake made using semolina or farina,coconut and soaked in a simple sugar syrup ..
The syrup may also be flavored by orange flower, rose water or saffron ..
                 It is found in the cuisines of the Eastern Mediterranean under a variety of names . It appears to be a variant of the Egyptian dish Ma'Mounia.
In southern Greece it is called Ravani , while in the north it is called Revani. 
It is a traditional dessert in Veria.
Basbousa is often called "Hareesa" in the Maghareb, Alexandria and Jordon.
Basbousa is a particularly popular dessert among Coptic Christians for fasts such as Great Lent and the Nativity fast as it is vegan!!
No matter what the name or the purpose is, this is the tastiest treat that is so simple and the easy to make at any time of the year ...with a couple of steps and ingredients ...
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups : Semolina
  • 1 cup :  Fresh coconut scraped
  • 1/2 cup : Descicated coconut 
  • 1/2 cup : All purpose flour / Maida
  • 3/4 cup : Sugar
  • 1 tsp : Baking powder
  • 110 gm : Butter , melted
  • 1 large : Egg
  • 1 cup : Milk
  • A pinch : Saffron 
  • Few Almonds sliced for garnish 
For the syrup : 
  • 1 cup : Granulated sugar
  • 1 cup : water
  • A pinch of Saffron 
  • 1 tsp : Lemon / Lime juice
Method :

  • In a large mixing bowl add the semolina, flour , fresh and descicated coconuts, baking powder, melted butter, egg, milk, sugar , saffron and give it a good stir until well combined...
  • Now pour this into a greased pan and bake @180°c / 350°f for 25 to 30 mins or until slightly golden ..


  •  While it is baking start off with the sugar syrup..In a pan add the sugar and water and bring this to a gentle boil..No need of a string consistency here..
  • Next add the saffron and lime juice to the syrup ..stir well and turn off the heat...keep this covered until use..
  • Once the semolina cake is baked to golden ..pour this syrup over the cake , while its still hot ...

  • Cool this syrup drenched cake over the counter top and slice according to u r preference either diagonally or squares..
  • Lastly garnish with slices of Almonds and serve !!

Moist , soft and coconutty semolina cake the Basbousa is ready to hogg !!

(You can always use just the decicated coconut in the recipe, i added the fresh one as it has its own sweetness and much more flavor than descicated but one alteration just increase the sugar level in the syrup to 1.5 cups of sugar and 1.5 cups of water ..) 

Man , this so tasty and finger licking good !!
Make and enjoy with u r family and friends ..this will definetely brighten up u r day!!
We love it, hope you will love it too !!


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