Moroccan basbousa

 Moroccan basbousa is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert that is popular in Morocco. Basbousa is made from semolina flour, sugar, yogurt, butter, and flavored with orange blossom water or rose water. It is usually baked in a pan and then soaked in a sweet syrup made from sugar, water, and lemon juice.

To make Moroccan basbousa, you will need the following ingredients:

- 2 cups semolina flour

- 1 cup sugar

- 1 cup plain yogurt

- 1/2 cup melted butter

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 1/2 cup sliced almonds (optional)

- 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut (optional)

For the syrup:

- 2 cups sugar

- 2 cups water

- Juice of 1 lemon

Here's a step-by-step guide to making Moroccan basbousa:

1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the semolina flour, sugar, baking powder, melted butter, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully combined.

3. Grease a baking dish with butter or oil, then pour the basbousa mixture into the dish. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to spread the mixture evenly.

4. If desired, sprinkle sliced almonds and shredded coconut on top of the basbousa mixture.

5. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

6. While the basbousa is baking, prepare the syrup. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once the sugar has completely dissolved and the syrup has thickened slightly, remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool.

7. When the basbousa is done baking, remove it from the oven and immediately pour the cooled syrup over the hot basbousa. Make sure to pour the syrup evenly over the entire surface.

8. Allow the basbousa to cool completely in the baking dish. This will allow it to absorb the syrup and become moist.

9. Once the basbousa has cooled, cut it into small diamond or square-shaped pieces.

Moroccan basbousa is best served at room temperature or slightly chilled. It is a deliciously sweet and moist dessert that is often enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy!

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