Nutty Pumpkin Basboosa

I had some pumpkin mixture remaining and had the idea that it would be nice to add into a typical Middle Eastern sweet. I really love plain basboosa so I decided to layer the two and add some ground nuts in between and on top as well. This was such a great dessert and believe it or not it’s not overly sweet. You can even serve the sugar syrup on the side instead of pouring on top if you wish. I used nuts that contained pretty much every nut and they were also a bit salty which was really good in the recipe and helped balance the taste out. This was a win and had everyone popping more and more into their mouths.

2 cups semolina
4 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin pie filling
1-1/2 cups ground mixed nuts
2 tablespoons of oil or tahini for pan

Sugar syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons rose water

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl add semolina, sugar, vanilla and baking powder. Stir in butter, eggs and milk into smooth.

2. Pour half of mixture into another bowl. Add pumpkin pie mix into one bowl and stir well.

3. In a 13’ x 9’ inch baking pan add oil or tahini then brush entire pan for greasing. Add the plain (without pumpkin) mixture into pan, smooth surface if needed. Sprinkle half of the nuts on top then carefully pour the pumpkin mixture on top, smoothing top.

4. Place pan into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle the remaining ground nuts on top carefully flattening into mixture. Place the pan back into the oven and bake for a remaining 20 minutes or when toothpick comes out clean.

5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan add sugar, water and rose water. Bring to a full boil then reduce to low-medium stirring every once in a while for 15 minutes. Set aside.

6. With a toothpick poke some holes all over the top of the basboosa then cut. Carefully pour the sugar syrup on top. Allow to sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Yields: 20 servings

* The peanut is the only nut grown underground.  Americans consume
3,750,000 pounds of peanuts daily in all forms including confections,
bakery items, soups, desserts, ice cream and mixed nuts.

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