Golden Delight Basbousa


Basbousa, a sweet symphony of semolina, coconut, and a whisper of rose water, promises a delightful journey through Middle Eastern cuisine. This classic dessert, known for its moist, dense texture and golden crust, is soaked in a heavenly syrup, making every bite a delectable experience. Perfect for gatherings, this traditional treat will transport your taste buds to a world of sweet indulgence.

Golden Delight Basbousa

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Yields: 15 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 piece

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 15 mg
  • Sodium: 70 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugar: 25 g


  • Semolina: 250 g (8.8 oz)
  • Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut: 50 g (1.8 oz)
  • Sugar: 150 g (5.3 oz)
  • Unsalted Butter (melted): 115 g (4 oz)
  • Milk: 240 ml (8.2 oz)
  • Baking Powder: 5 g (0.2 oz)
  • Rose Water: 10 ml (0.3 oz)
  • Blanched Almonds: 30 g (1 oz)
  • For the Syrup:
    • Sugar: 300 g (10.6 oz)
    • Water: 180 ml (6 oz)
    • Lemon Juice: 5 ml (0.2 oz)
    • Rose Water: 5 ml (0.2 oz)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. In a bowl, mix together semolina, coconut, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. Stir in melted butter, milk, and rose water until well combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish, spreading evenly.
  5. Cut into diamond shapes and press an almond onto each piece.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. While baking, prepare the syrup by boiling sugar and water, then add lemon juice and rose water. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Once the basbousa is baked, pour the hot syrup over it.
  9. Allow to cool before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure even distribution of syrup for a moist texture.
  • For a vegan option, use plant-based milk and margarine.
  • Allow the basbousa to rest for a few hours for flavors to meld.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I substitute rose water?

Yes, orange blossom water is a great alternative.

How do I store basbousa?

Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for longer shelf life.

Can I make basbousa gluten-free?

Yes, use almond flour instead of semolina, adjusting the liquid as needed.