The qashta mixture in this sweet dessert gives it a unique creamy and sweet treat. I like to add one can of honey flavored qashta along with one can of plain; it’s a taste you simply cannot resist. There are so many different recipes for basboosa all over the Arab world; I hope to share them all with you. This delicious basboosa recipe is my July sweet entry for the 'Walima Cooking Club', please enjoy.
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup semolina
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
2 (170 grams each) cans qashta
Pine seeds for decoration
click here for homemade qashta
Sugar syrup click here for the recipe
1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl, add semolina, sugar, baking powder, coconut and qashta. Mix well. In a 28 cm pan carefully add mix, flatten with hands. Score top carefully into diagonal shapes. Place 1 pine nut on top of each piece. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until top is golden.
2. Pour sugar syrup on top of basboosa, allow to sit 20 minutes before serving.
Yields: 18 pieces
Here is a picture of the qashta that I used.