Arabic Desserts

Basbousa (aka Namoura or Harissa)

By An Edible Mosaic

Prep Time:  20 min

Cook Time:  35 min


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To make sure the cake absorbs the syrup, the syrup should be cool and the cake should be hot.

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Step 1

Make the cake batter and press it into a greased pan. Let it sit for 3 minutes to thicken.

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Step 2

Score the cake into diamond-shaped pieces and put a blanched almond on each.

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Step 3

Bake the cake, broiling the top if necessary to lightly brown it.

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Step 4

Pour the cool sugar syrup on top of the hot cake and let it soak in before serving.

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This cake is moist, sticky-sweet, and aromatic with orange blossom water.