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This decadent cake is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!
Prep Time: 30min
Cook Time: 55min
Yields: ~36 pieces
In a saucepan, bring sugar and water to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 30 minutes or until syrup is reduced by about half. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice and orange blossom water or grated orange zest; set aside.
Grease a 13 x 9 inch (3 L) baking pan and line bottom with parchment paper; set aside. Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C).
In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, baking powder, and soda; set aside for 10 minutes or until doubled in volume.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine semolina, sugar, and butter. Use your hands to rub the butter into the semolina mixture. Add yogurt mixture and continue to mix thoroughly with your hands.
Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. If mixture feels sticky, spray hands with cooking spray.
Using a chef's knife, make lengthwise cuts down batter and then make diagonal cuts crosswise to create a diamond shape. Top each diamond with an almond.
Bake in prepared oven for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and slowly pour Orange Blossom Water Syrup all over the cake. Let cool completely.
Pour syrup slowly to allow the cake to absorb the mixture.
Cake can be stored covered at room temperature for up to 7 days.
Nutritional info per serving (1 piece):
200 calories, 3 g protein, 37 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat, 1 g fibre, 50 mg sodium, 74 mg calcium
Middle Eastern Semolina Cake
Prep Time: 15min
Chill Time: 2hrs
Bake Time: 15min/batch
Get ready to make and take these two shortbreads to family and friends this holiday season. Perfect to serve with drinks and more cheese!