In the middle of my current photography series "Journey to Egypt: Discovering Identity through food" I found myself coming back to the simplicity, comfort, and sweetness of this Egyptian dessert. Through the recipe testing and eventual photoshoot of this and several other Egyptian dishes- this has remained one of my most favorites. The small but powerful addition of the Rosewater gives it the ultimate Middle Eastern signature! —Mira Zaki
- Serves @25 people depending on cut and size of squares
Cream of Wheat Cereal or Farina (regular not instant)
Low-fat plain yogurt
Blanched Almond per piece of Basbusa
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line 13x9 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Gather Basbusa dry ingredients: Cream of Wheat, salt, baking powder, and sugar.
- In a large bowl, stir cream of wheat, salt, baking powder and sugar well
- After dry ingredients are mixed well, add yogurt and mix to blend.
- Pour batter evenly into 13x9 parchment paper lined pan.
- Bake Basbusa for 30 minutes at 350F (be sure to not overbake!!)
- Remove from oven after 30 minutes and score into squares or diamond shapes.
- After scoring Basbusa, place one whole blanched almond in the center of each piece.
- Put Basbusa back into the oven at 350F and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until top is golden brown.
- While Basbusa is baking, start preparing syrup.
- In a medium-sized pot, place sugar and water.
- Stir sugar and water on medium heat until sugar dissolves.
- After sugar dissolves, simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat after 10-15 minutes have passed.
- Add Rosewater to the sugar/water syrup and stir.
- Set syrup aside until Basbusa is done.
- When Basbusa is done, carefully remove from oven.
- Pour syrup immediately all over Basbusa and cover with foil tightly.
- Allow syrup to fully absorb into Basbusa.
- After Syrup has fully absorbed, serve at room temperature (best served with whipped cream)