Semolina Orange Cake

Barboussa

In case you did not already know, I will admit it again – I have a sweet tooth!  I like Middle Eastern sweets and cakes as they are a real treat. Middle Eastern sweets and cakes are often drenched in aromatic sugar syrups.  I am sharing an awesome recipe for an Orange Semolina Cake soaked in orange syrup.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:  40 minutes

Serves:   6

200 g fine semolina

100 g sugar

100 g freshly grated coconut

Grated zest of 1 lemon

150 g milk 100 g Q.B.B Ghee

30 g toasted almond slices

For the syrup:

150 g orange juice

50 g caster sugar

Zest of 2 oranges

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Melt the Q.B.B. Ghee into the milk.
  3. In a bowl, mix the fine semolina, sugar, grated coconut and lemon zest. Pour the milk and ghee mixture into the bowl and combine well.
  4. Pour the mixture into a baking tray and top it off with the almonds. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Check to see if the cake is ready- it should form a beautiful golden crust. If necessary, extend the baking time by another 10 minutes
  6. While the cake is in the oven, prepare the syrup by boiling the orange juice, sugar and orange zest together on a high heat.
  7. Turn off the heat when the sugar has dissolved.
  8. Once the cake is baked and out of the oven, pour the syrup gently and slowly over it.
  9. Let it cool for at least an hour before serving- when it’s still hot, it will be too difficult to slice up.

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