Hi everyone! I am back with a dessert recipe for you! This is a semolina cake that is soaked in a milk mixture and topped with vermicelli. It is called basbooset sha3reeyeh in Arabic which literally translates to semolina cake with vermicelli. I have never heard of this dessert until my parents came to visit last week. My mom told me she made a dessert that my dad really enjoyed because it wasn’t too sweet and that she wanted to teach me how to make it. She knows that I too prefer desserts that aren’t too sweet. Of course, I was so excited to learn!
While watching my mom prepare this cake, it always felt like a hybrid of a traditional Middle Eastern semolina cake, Khash Khash cake, and Tres Leches cake. Literally an all in one cake. Basbouseh is a traditional Middle Eastern semolina cake and this recipe resonates with that as both coconut and semolina are used. In this dessert, however, instead of soaking the cake in simple syrup to give it sweetness; we will add a milk mixture of sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. This offers moistness, sweetness, and that resemblance to tres leches.
So, it was my first time trying this cake as my mom just introduced it to me and verdict was I enjoyed it! I am not a dessert person. I typically have a bite or two of a dessert; and my craving is satisfied. It isn’t something I necessarily crave but I enjoyed how light, moist, and not overly sweet it was. The vermicelli topping was interesting as it offered some nice texture but I think the cake would even be great without it!
Semolina cake with vermicelli
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla flavoring
- 1 tsp White Vinegsr
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
- 3/4 cup Milk powder
- 7.6 oz Can of Table Cream
- 2 cups Fine Semolina
- 1/2 cup Fine coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp Baking Powder
- 5 oz Roasted Vermivelli
- 1/4 cup Pistachios crushed, garnish
- 1/4 cup Fine coconut flakes garnish
- 12 oz Evaporated Milk
- 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
- To a kitchenaid or mixing bowl, add the eggs, vanilla, and vinegar. Mix. Then, add the vegetable oil and sugar. Mix again.
- Then, add the milk powder and table cream. Mix.
- At this point, add the coconut, baking powder, and semolina.
- Brush a 9×11 deep baking dish with some vegetable oil then add the cake batter to the pan and spread it out evenly.
- In the food processor, turn the toasted vermicelli into crumbs and top the cake off with it to where you cannot see the batter anymore.
- Bake for 30 minutes on 375 F.
- In the meantime, in a small pot; mix together the evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk. Let this warm up together for 5-10 minutes.
- Once the cake is out of the oven, soak the cake in the milk mixture evenly. The cake will absorb it.
- Once slightly cooled, cut into squares or diamonds. Garnish with pistachios and coconut flakes. Enjoy warm or room temperature.