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 Responses to Basboosa

  • 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

  • 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..

  • This looks really good… What exactly is the qashta?

  • 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.

  • 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?

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

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