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.

6 fabulous comments:

UmmHudhaifah said...

assallamu alaikum
i just saw this today and decided to make them right away! they came out really good alhamdullilah....i added orange blossom water to the syrup...
jazaki Allah khair

Noor said...

Alaykum Salam, alhumdullah I am so happy they came out well for you that makes me so happy :). The blossom water sounds good, I will try it next time inshAllah..

meeso said...

This looks really good... What exactly is the qashta?

Noor said...

Qashta is a thick cream. It is cream to be exact just thicker. They do not see this in the states what so ever but the thing I found closet to it you can get in the baking isle and its by Nestle called heavy cream in a can. They taste the same but qashta looks more thick like mayonnaise or something. Its really nice in desserts and they have flavored ones as well.

Umm said...

Salam alaikum sister Noor! I can't find honey flavored qashta here where I live. Should I just use 2 plain ones and add some honey? How much?

Noor said...

Wa Alaykum Salam, Yes you can do that or just use the plain :)

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