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Basbousa with Cream (Hareesa Recipe)

Who is feeling craving about cake today? Now, let me tell you about this delicious classic Middle Eastern Cake. Basbousa with Cream (Semolina Cake) (بسبوسة) is a popular cake in the Middle East. This cake is one bowl of dump cake recipe.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East,
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10 People
Calories: 565kcal
Author: Jeehan


For Basbousa Cake

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups fine semolina
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. Cardamom powder, rose water, or orange blossom water.

For Ashta Cream Filling

  • 2 ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. semolina
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. rose water or orange blossom water (optional)

For Simple Syrup (Attar)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice or ⅛ teaspoon citric acid


How to Make Simple Syrup (Attar)?

  • In a large pot, add sugar to the middle of the pot, add water, and lemon juice. Wait do not stir. You do not have to stir the mixture.
  • Boil on high heat for 4 minutes only. Lower the heat to medium and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat, let it cool down completely before pouring it on Basbousa.
  • Once the Attar Syrup cools down, it will have a thick consistency like honey. Do not over boil it; it will be too thick or sometimes it gets hard if it is boiled too much.

How to Make Ashta Cream?

  • Pour milk in a saucepan.
  • Add heavy cream, semolina, cornstarch, flour, sugar. Whisk them to combine the ingredients well.
  • Place the saucepan on medium heat over a stove and bring it to a boil. Make sure you continue to whisk the mixture; otherwise, it will form clots.
  • Once the mixture starts boiling take it off the heat. Add butter, and stir until combined.
  • Pour the cream mixture into a glass bowl and cover with cling wrap.
  • Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
  • Once the Ashta cream is cool enough, you can pour it in a piping bag and use it to fill up Basbousa cake.

How to Make Basbousa Cake?

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, cream together eggs and sugar. Add yogurt and oil; mix until all combined.
  • Add semolina, salt, baking powder, and orange blossom water. Fold with a spatula until all combined.
  • Pour half of the batter into a prepared baking dish. Bake for 15minutes or until edges are golden.
  • Spread Ashta very gently and pour the rest of the batter on top. Bake for 25 more minutes, broil on high until golden on top.
  • Drizzle cold Simple Syrup (Attar) on top. Wait for the cake to cool down completely, and then cut to desired pieces.
  • Garnish on the top rosebuds or chopped pistachios.


Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only.

Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 1mg