How to Make Basbousa/rivani

Mediterranean recipe of semolina cake aka rivani. Piece of cake to make literally n figuratively both !

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How to Make Basbousa/rivani Recipe
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In a mixing bowl, add the semolina and sugar

In a mixing bowl, add the semolina and sugar

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2 tsp good quality baking powder

2 tsp good quality baking powder

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Now add the yogurt

Now add the yogurt

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Mix, stir until all ingredients are married together nicely and a homogeneous batter forms

Mix, stir until all ingredients are married together nicely and a homogeneous batter forms

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Now add the melted butter or oil. Butter tastes a lot better than oil in baking so if you want it finger licking tasty, add butter

Now add the melted butter or oil. Butter tastes a lot better than oil in baking so if you want it finger licking tasty, add butter

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Whisk n mix again

Whisk n mix again

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Pour the batter in a greased pan

Pour the batter in a greased pan

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Look at that bowl, the batter hasn't stuck to the sides unlike cake batter. Thanx to yogurt

Look at that bowl, the batter hasn't stuck to the sides unlike cake batter. Thanx to yogurt

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Spread evenly

Spread evenly

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Now keep almonds at equal distance on the batter in a way that every square that we cut out of it, gets one almond

Now keep almonds at equal distance on the batter in a way that every square that we cut out of it, gets one almond

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Like that. Pop in a pre-heated oven at 180-200 degrees celsius for 50-60 min

Like that. Pop in a pre-heated oven at 180-200 degrees celsius for 50-60 min

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It's done after almost an hour. Take it out when nicely browned

It's done after almost an hour. Take it out when nicely browned

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Now make syrup with water and sugar

Now make syrup with water and sugar

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Take an orange and grate its peel to get the zest. Add it in the syrup. Add the cinnamon stick too. It'll take about 10 minutes to get done

Take an orange and grate its peel to get the zest. Add it in the syrup. Add the cinnamon stick too. It'll take about 10 minutes to get done

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Cut squares of the semolina cake so that it absorbs the syrup nicely. Pour hot syrup when it's done over it. You can strain the syrup to get rid of orange rind. Optional

Cut squares of the semolina cake so that it absorbs the syrup nicely. Pour hot syrup when it's done over it. You can strain the syrup to get rid of orange rind. Optional

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There. It's done. Warm, succulent, melt-in-the-mouth semolina cake or rivani/ basboussa. Eat hot or cold. Bon apetite !

There. It's done. Warm, succulent, melt-in-the-mouth semolina cake or rivani/ basboussa. Eat hot or cold. Bon apetite !

Ingredients

Cups Semolina  
2 Cups Yogurt 
¼ Cups Butter 
2 Teaspoons Baking powder 
¼ Cups Sugar 
For the syrup 
1 Cup Sugar 
1 Cup Water 
1 Cup Stick cinnamon 
1 Cup Orange for its zest 
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