Honey & Walnut Yogurt Semolina Cake aka Basbousa
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Honey & Walnut Yogurt Semolina Cake

A dense but delicious nutty cake made with semolina and yogurt which is then soaked in a sweet citrus and rose honey syrup. It is very simple to make.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: basbousa, cake, honey, rose, semolina, yoghurt
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme


  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 75 g white chocolate
  • 200 g semolina
  • 50 g wholemeal flour
  • 100 g walnuts
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 175 g Greek yogurt (walnut & honey flavour)
  • 120 g 120g caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
  • 150 ml water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • juice and grated rind lemon
  • 1 tbsp rose water


  • Melt the butter and white chocolate in a pan over low heat.
  • Grind the walnuts roughly (I used a coffee grinder).
  • Sift the semolina, flour and bicarb into a bowl then stir in the walnuts.
  • Make a well in the middle and break in the eggs. Stir from the centre a little. Add the yogurt and stir a little further towards the edges. Add the butter and stir until all incorporated.
  • Grate in the lemon zest and stir once more.
  • Turn into a greased or lined 8" sq, cake pan and bake at 180C for 25 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile dissolve the sugar in the water in a pan over a low heat. Then add the honey and lemon juice and simmer for about 10 minutes when the syrup should have thickened and reduced. Remove from the heat and add the rosewater.
  • Pour slowly over the hot cake making sure all is covered. It will seem like a lot of liquid, but the cake will absorb it all. Leave until cold, then turn out of the tin and cut into squares or diamonds.