Ramadan recipes: Basbousa cake you can whip up in a flash

The texture, the sweetness and the gorgeous drizzle of fragrant syrup make this the ultimate indulgent dessert. (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 June 2018

Ramadan recipes: Basbousa cake you can whip up in a flash

  • Basbousa is not overbearing or heavy on the stomach

RIYADH: If you’re a fan of basbousa and cake, this recipe is perfect for you. This fluffy twist on traditional basbousa will have your stomach rumbling before it’s even baked. 

I swear by this recipe, it’s absolutely mouthwatering and, more importantly, probably the easiest way to whip up a decadent dessert in no time at all. It will hardly take you five minutes to prepare and takes just 35 minutes to bake.

 If you lead a busy life, are in the mood to bake something sweet and heavenly, or have guests coming over at the last minute and need to make something quick and delicious that will satisfy all ages and tastes, this should be your go to recipe.

 The texture, the sweetness and the gorgeous drizzle of fragrant syrup make this the ultimate indulgent dessert — one that is perfect for iftar, Eid Al-Fitr and the summer months as it is not overbearing or heavy on the stomach.

Ingredients for the basbousa:

• 1 cup of semolina

• 1 cup of powdered milk 

• 1 carton of heavy cream

• 1 tablespoon spoon of baking powder

• ½ cup of sugar

• ½ cup of sunflower oil

• ½ cup of water

• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

• 2 small cartons of fresh cream

Ingredients for the syrup:

• 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar

• 1 and 1/4 cups of water

• 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

• 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence or rosewater


•Pre-heat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

Combine all the ingredients — except the fresh cream — together in a large bowl. Mix well until all the ingredients are well incorporated.  Grease a pan or line it with baking paper and pour half the thick mixture in. Evenly distribute the fresh cream on top by the spoonful and pour the rest of the mixture on top. 

Bake for 35 minutes, then remove and allow to cool. To prepare the syrup, combine the water, sugar and lemon juice and bring to a boil in a small saucepan. Lower the heat and let the syrup gently simmer for between five to eight minutes. Once you turn off the heat, stir your chosen essence in and let the syrup cool before you drizzle it over the fluffy basbousa.


Jessica Kahawaty scores big with new Inter Milan campaign

Jessica Kahawaty released her latest campaign with Inter Milan. (AFP)
Updated 45 min 16 sec ago

Jessica Kahawaty scores big with new Inter Milan campaign

DUBAI: Lebanese-Australian model and influencer Jessica Kahawaty unveiled her latest ad campaign this week — a gritty new video for Italian football team Inter Milan.

The clip, which Kahawaty and Inter shared on their Instagram pages, features various dedicated professionals, from a dancer to a kitesurfer, refining their craft through sheer hard work.

“Whatever they say/ don’t bother trying. Triers can quit/ while I’m here, flying,” a male voice says in the video, before adding, “I’ve failed without guard/ I’ve fallen hard. I’ve been so wrong/ And that made me strong.”

The camera then pans to Kahawaty, wearing the club’s signature black-and-blue striped kit, who seems to be standing in a cavernous tunnel, as she says, “But this is not for everyone.”



The model took to Instagram to share the clip, captioning the post: “Proud to reveal my international campaign for @inter football team” in English, Italian and Arabic.

She stars alongside Chinese contemporary dancer Duan Jingting, the former Shanghai Ballet dancer who shot to fame on “So You Think You Can Dance China” and Airton Cozzolino, a champion kitesurfer.

For her part, Kahawaty studied business, finance and law in Sydney and then made a move into modelling and event hosting. The social media influencer, with 846,000 followers on Instagram, is also keen supporter of a number of humanitarian causes, including UNICEF and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Last year, fashion house Louis Vuitton selected Kahawaty to work with UNICEF at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan to help children affected by the Syrian crisis, which has seen millions of people displaced.

The multi-talented celebrity also gave a talk at the TEDxSciencesPo event in Paris in April 2018.

The conference, according to a press release, brought together influencers “who work toward breaking the wall between the East and the West” and aims to “provide an essential bridge, to fuse the gap between rising trends of neo-conservatism predominant in the South of France and the cultural diversity that characterizes the Arab world.”