Sfoof (Lebanese Semolina Turmeric Cake)


Sfoof is a a Lebanese dessert that is not overly sweet. It is pleasing to the American palate due to its lack of rose water and orange blossom essence, found in most Middle Eastern desserts. Sahteyn (Bon appetit!)!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
1 9-inch round cake


  • 1 ½ cups semolina flour

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 ⅛ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup milk

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch round baking pan.

  2. In a small bowl, mix semolina, flour, turmeric and baking powder. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, stir milk and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add flour mixture and oil and beat with an electric beater at medium speed for 5 minutes. This step is essential, do not use any shortcuts.

  4. Pour into a prepared 9-inch round pan. Sprinkle top with pine nuts.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until wooden pick inserted in center comes out dry, 25 to 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

188 Calories
10g Fat
24g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 188
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 46mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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