This Lebanese cake flavored with anise seeds was one of my favorite treats growing up. It's a beautiful bright yellow thanks to turmeric powder. My grandmother shared her recipe with me so I can finally make it for myself!

LauraF
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with tahini.

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  • Combine boiling water and anise seeds in a glass measuring cup; let steep, about 5 minutes. Strain into a bowl; stir in sugar until dissolved. Discard anise seeds.

  • Mix flour, turmeric, baking powder, and anise seed powder together in a bowl. Make a well in the center; mix in oil and butter. Stir in sweetened anise water until batter is the consistency of thick yogurt.

  • Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Score top into diamond shapes with the tip of a knife; place 1 pine nut in the center of each diamond.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is lightly browned, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

283 calories; 13.9 g total fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 49 mg sodium. 37.5 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2020
It s one of the better Sfouf recipe I found online. Made it twice already with only one cup of sugar and 3 tsp Turmeric. It tastes delicious. My only problem is that when I mix it it has the consistency of dough rather then cake batter and once baked it comes out doughy in the center even though I baked it for almost an hour the last time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2020
It s one of the better Sfouf recipe I found online. Made it twice already with only one cup of sugar and 3 tsp Turmeric. It tastes delicious. My only problem is that when I mix it it has the consistency of dough rather then cake batter and once baked it comes out doughy in the center even though I baked it for almost an hour the last time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2020
It s one of the better Sfouf recipe I found online. Made it twice already with only one cup of sugar and 3 tsp Turmeric. It tastes delicious. My only problem is that when I mix it it has the consistency of dough rather then cake batter and once baked it comes out doughy in the center even though I baked it for almost an hour the last time. Read More