Make Ahead

Sfoof - Vegan Lebanese Yellow Tea Cake

July 25, 2013
Author Notes

The thing I love about this cake is you have complete artistic freedom to experiment with different spices. Maybe some add a little bit of ginger, or cinnamon? Just make sure you use the turmeric, as that’s what gives the cake its gorgeous yellow colour. If you love dense, aromatic cakes packed with flavor, which are freezer friendly, this is for you.

For the gluten free version, substitute the semolina for cornmeal or polenta and the all purpose flour for a gluten free flour.

To freeze, wrap each piece in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container. —Mya Istanbouly

  • Serves 16
  • 2 cups Semolina
  • 1.5 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 cup Almond Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Ground aniseed (can be substituted for 2 tsp of cardamom
  • 1.5 cups Sugar
  • 1.5 cups Soymilk (or water), chilled
  • 2 tablespoons Tahini
  • 1 handful Sesame seeds, slivered almonds or pine nuts, to garnish. I used chopped raw almonds
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC)
  2. In a bowl, mix semolina, flour, turmeric, baking powder, and aniseed. Add oil and stir to make a runny paste.
  3. In a separate bowl, melt sugar in the chilled soymilk. Gradually beat the sugar mixture into the flour and spices paste.
  4. Grease the baking dish with tahini (or oil). Pour batter into the pan and ensure that the top is flat.. Garnish with your choice of seeds or nuts.
  5. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until golden-brown. Insert a bamboo skewer into the cake; if it comes out clean, it’s ready. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Best served with tea or coffee.

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