Feb 8, 2011

Namoura with Yogurt

One Arabic dessert I could never tire of would be the ever so popular namoura. This cake is extremely easy to make and requires very little ingredients so even the kitchen newbie will get it perfect anytime. After moving to Saudi I was taught that tahine is a better choice in coating the pans than the usual butter and oil many people use. Tahine is by far the Arabs choice when baking sweets.

1-3/4 cups yogurt
2 cups semolina
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons rose water
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons tahine
slivered almonds to garnish
Sugar syrup for topping

1. In a large bowl add yogurt, semolina, sugar, rose water and baking powder. Mix well. In an 8x8 dish add tahine. Brush all over the bottom and sides of pan. Carefully pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Cut into squares or lozenges then press an almond into the middle of each piece. Leave aside to rest for at least one hour.

2. Pre-heat oven to 375F and allow to bake 30-40 minutes or until cake is golden. Remove from the oven and carefully pour syrup on top and all to soak for at least 2o minutes.

Yields: 10 servings

8 fabulous comments:

  1. salaams sis
    mmm this looks beautiful, Im loving your pics in the last couple of posts did you update your camera? This sweet seems very similr to Basbousa a Egyptian sweet.Does the tahini add any different flavour?

  2. Umm MymoonahFeb 8, 2011 08:44 AM

    Wow! This sweet really looks scrumptious, I love these Arabic desserts.

  3. I actually just got a new Canon eos550d the other day and the last two pictures are with it. I had had this blog for 3-1/2 years and FINALLY I have a good camera lol thank you for noticing :) Basboosa is the same just a different name in various parts of the Middle East.

    Umm thank you :)

  4. I noticed the pics right away and was hopping you bought an Olympus as well that way I wouldn't have to read my manual and jusk ask you all the questions.. lol! Love the pics MashaAllah.

  5. Ahh thank you so much :)

  6. Salam alaykum wa rahmatullah,
    mashaALLAH, made this today and it was great, even without the Syrup.
    BTW, i love love love your blog. Amazig recipes you have. Keep going!

  7. Thank you so much and I am glad you enjoyed it.

  8. Yogurt has live lactobacillus that is healthy for our stomach. It fights bad bacteria and makes a very favorable environment.


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