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Sfouf – Lebanese Semolina Turmeric cake

semolina turmeric cake

 

Lebanese culture is well-known for its age old tradition of hospitality. They believe food should be prepared and served with love . Lebanese Cuisine is the most delicious and freshest cuisine in the world. Food is the essential part of everyone’s life  but that should be made with great joy and shared with everyone with a  lot of love, Lebanese has proved .They prepare a lot of dishes in  everyday basis . Even in a simple dinner menu they have a lot of variety.

 

semolina turmeric cake

 

They prefer simple dishes like hummus, pita or salads. But their desserts are purely artwork,  incomparable and extremely tasty. They  are different, unique , rich and taste awesome. Their desserts mainly consist filo pastry , astha (cottage cheese combined with cream),mildly fragranced  sugar syrup, Clarified butter and lot of nuts . Their simple shortbread cookies are made with Ghee and filled with  date paste. Their pancakes(Qatayef) are filled with creamy astha and rolled with powdered pistachio..Whereas Basbousa carries a rich aroma of orange blossom water.
semolina turmeric cake

 

I  believe to make food with love and serve with a great joy of  being alive. Apart from doing other work we all prepare food on daily basis. Mix lot of love along with spices to enhance the taste of the prepared dish. When it comes to Love then what could be better than the Lebanese cuisine. On the occasion of  my blog second anniversary  I choose  a recipe from Lebanese cuisine i.e. Sfouf which is also known as Lebanese curcuma or Semolina turmeric cake.

 

semolina turmeric cake

 

Apart from Qatayef, this is my favorite Lebanese dessert, which is not only easy to make but has very less ingredients and required only one bowl to prepare (I don’t like to wash utensils though )..lol…

Few believe it has  a magical taste and I don’t disagree. I often prepare this at home when there is a demand for cake and I don’t have curd/eggs in my pantry. Sfouf means Rows in Arabic so this cake is cut into squares and diamond shapes. It can be kept for few days in room temperature. The cake tastes much better after 1-2 days.  So don’t finish the cake in just one time, keep it for 2 days and taste it , yehhh ……. its unbelievably good.

 

semolina turmeric cake

 

When you finish baking, take  a piece and taste it. On the very first bite you’ll fall in love with this yummy, flavorable cake and you can’t have just one piece(believe me) .This cake will definitely take the reward among all the cakes you baked  till date. But do keep in mind that it is a crumby cake as it has semolina , it won’t be soft and moist as vanilla sponge.

 

 

 

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Sfouf - Lebanese Semolina Turmeric cake
Sfouf
Course Dessert
Cuisine Lebanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
7" cake
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Lebanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
7" cake
Ingredients
Sfouf
Instructions
  1. preheat the oven at 180c for 10 minutes.
  2. Grease two 7”cake tin and dust with flour. keep them aside.
  3. In a wide bowl combine all the dry ingredients and whisk once.
  4. Make a well in center and pour milk and Ghee .
  5. Whisk well and pour into prepared cake tin.
  6. Tap the tins and place blanched almonds cut into half.
  7. Bake at 180.c for 40-45 minutes till toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cake completely before inverting into wire rack.
  9. Cut into desired shape and enjoy !!!!
Recipe Notes
  • If you dont want to use milk add water instead.
  • Ghee can be replaced with Butter or any vegetable oil, i insist to use oil.
  • Few use Tahini paste to grease the cake tin.
  • Instaed of almonds use pine nuts.
  • Always use fine rawa.
  • If you have then must add a tsp of orange blossom water and 1/4th tsp of  cardamom powder.
  • use 9" square tin instead of two 7" round  cake tin.

 

semolina turmeric cake

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shibani

Cooking is my passion.i love to play with myriad tastes of spices . I belong to a odiya family by birth but marriade to a bengoli person.the crash of cultures between two families induced me to cook innovatively so as to make everyone happy.

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