- Semolina flour/Rava – 1.5 cups
- Yogurt – 1 cup
- Butter – 1 stick (softened)
- Baking powder – 1 tsp
- Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
- Sugar – 1/2 cup and 1/4 of a cup
- Honey half a cup
- Rose water – 4 tsp
- Lemon juice 2 tsp
- Almonds – 16 to 18
- Mix the butter and half a cup sugar thoroughly with a hand mixer.
- Add yogurt and vanilla essence and beat again for a couple of minutes with the mixer.
- Add the semolina flour (rava), baking powder and mix with a wooden or plastic spatula.
- The result will be a sticky loose kind of dough. Keep aside for half an hour.
- Make a honey syrup in the meanwhile.
- In a pan, combine honey, one fourth cup of sugar and 2 tsp rosewater, cook for 10 minutes to form a syrup. Turn the heat off, add the lemon juice and 2 tsp rosewater and mix well.
- The honey syrup is ready to use.
- Now, transfer the dough in a greased baking dish or pan.
- Level it as much as possible by gently pressing with hand or spatula.
- Bake it at 375 F for about 25 minutes first.
- Take the pan out, the dough will be partially cooked by then.
- Cut the in squares or diamonds as preferred and press an almond into each one of them.
- Don’t forget to wear your oven gloves while doing all this.
- Back in to the oven for another 20 minutes or till the edges appear brown.
- Once this is done, increase the temperature of the oven to “Broil” mode and bake further for 5 to 8 minutes so that a fine brown crust is formed on the Basbousa.
- Carefully watch the Basbousa every 2 minutes while it is on broil, food burns easily at that high temperature.
- Pour the honey syrup all over the squares as your baking dish comes out of the oven.
- Cool and transfer the pieces to a serving dish or a storing box as this dessert tastes best the next day.
· With whipped cream on top.
· With strong coffee.
· Cooking times can vary depending on the Oven, adjust the timer accordingly.
· Reduce the amount of sugar if you prefer your sweets to be less sweet.
· Basbousa is called by different names (Hareesa, Ravani) in the Middle Eastern regions.
· It is a very high calorie (220) per piece dessert.