I didn't think to start taking pictures for this blog post until after I finished making the sugar syrup so please forgive me that there is not any pictures on how to make the syrup. Also, when taking these pictures I was doubling the recipe, so do not compare the recipe measurements to the measurements in the pictures.
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 TBS lemon juice
1 TBS rose water
1 TBS orange blossom water
Prepare syrup first. Combine sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring mixture to a boil.
Boil for 8-10 minutes. Add rose water and orange blossom water and set aside.
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp Almond extract or you can use vanilla extract- whichever to your liking
1 1/2 cups course semolina flour
1/2 cup very fine semolina flour
1 cup milk- preferably whole milk
1 TBS baking powder
Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease 9x13 pan with tahini paste- or oil if you like.
Combine butter and sugar and cream together.
Add eggs and almond extract.
Mix well and set aside.
Take the semolina flours and baking powder and mix in a separate bowl.
Take the dry mixture and gradually add to your wet mixture to avoid clumping. Maybe about 1/4-1/2 cup of dried mixture at a time.
After all the dry mixture is added, the batter should look thick like this.
Now add milk. Add gradually, sometimes you do not need at much as the recipe says, but other times you do- I have no idea why. But the mixture must be a little thick but NOT runny.
In the end it should look of this consistency.
Put into greased pan.
Take your almonds and place on the cake as shown in the pictures below.
As you can see, the mixture is thick enough to where if you take a knife and run it through the batter, it will leave a line.
Bake the basbousa for about 30-40 minutes depending on your oven. If it's brown on the bottom but not on the top, simply turn the broiler on and watch it. Be sure not to burn it. Mine is a bit dark because baby all of a sudden started to cry. The joy of children! <3
Once you have cut the cake as shown above drizzle all of the sugar syrup on it.
You can serve with coffee or tea. :)