I made... Egyptian Basbousa – and so should you!
Just trying little kisses from Egypt!
You know when you're scrolling through your Pinterest feed, and you jump into a sea of delicious goodies and then you probably start craving everything you see?! Well, this happened to me the other day, when I found myself lost in the sea of the "Middle eastern desserts" pins; All those Qtayefs, Halvas, Baklavas and Kanafehes looked scrumptious! But there was something else winking at me which I had never eaten before: the tasty looking Egyptian sweet, Basbousa!
I'm talking about these beauties!
What is Basbousa?
Meaning little kisses in Arabic, Basbousa is a delicious semolina dessert topped with nuts and drizzled with rose water syrup. I'm talking about a dessert as yum as Baklava, without the fuss!
There are different recipes out there, using various ingredients and methods, but I went for this one which promised an Egyptian-bakery-kind-of result with just a handful of ingredients!
Ready for the oven. Only half of the pan was filled.
How to make it?
The recipe couldn't be simpler: just mix dry and then the wet ingredients, spread the batter in a well-buttered pan, decorate it with nuts, cut, and bake! While that is baking, prepare the syrup. Pour it on the baked Basbousa and wait (if you can!) until it is fully absorbed.
Look at the tahini on the tray!
(This part is not on the recipe)
Then make a good cup of tea, play Umm Kulthum (or any other Egyptian singer/music), and kiss your day with the sweetness of your homemade Basbousa!
Ready to taste?
This recipe and (in fact) many of the other middle eastern semolina-based sweets require coarse semolina. Here I could only find the fine type. So the texture is a bit off. It shouldn't be cakey! Also my oven heat unevenly so half of the Basbousa was ready sooner than the other half (hence the colour difference)!
Decorating with our garden's flower!
But nevertheless, It was absolutely delicious. Obviously, because I never had it, I don't know how it should taste, but we greatly enjoyed it.
It is very easy and also very quick! That's why when I was invited to a family gathering, I made it again, and all of the guests fall in love with it, just like we did! Since then, this has become my go-to recipe!
I listened to Alf Leila wa Leila.
I just wish I could visit Egypt someday, and try the real deal there! Till then, we make our own and try to perfect it each time!
It was soooo gooood!