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Aunt Zaneb's Semolina Cake

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"This recipe came all the way from Jerusalem, Palestine--especially for the month of Ramadan--from my aunt. This semolina has a special texture and is by far the best I've had so far. Enjoy!"
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1 h servings 308
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 8-inch pan)


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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Smooth 1 teaspoon of tahini over the bottom of an 8-inch baking pan.
  2. Mix semolina flour, 1 cup sugar, coconut, and butter together in a bowl.
  3. Mix yogurt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a bowl; stir until bubbly. Pour into the semolina mixture; combine batter well using your hands.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan; dab the remaining 1 teaspoon tahini on top.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cake is set, 30 to 35 minutes.
  6. Combine water and 2 cups sugar in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil; stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Pour 1/2 cup of syrup over the baked cake.


  • Cook's Note:
  • When pouring syrup over the baked cake, start with 1/2 cup and add more if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 308 calories; 9.7 55.2 2.8 13 250 Full nutrition

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