Ramadan recipes: Basbousa cake you can whip up in a flash

The texture, the sweetness and the gorgeous drizzle of fragrant syrup make this the ultimate indulgent dessert. (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 June 2018

Ramadan recipes: Basbousa cake you can whip up in a flash

  • Basbousa is not overbearing or heavy on the stomach

RIYADH: If you’re a fan of basbousa and cake, this recipe is perfect for you. This fluffy twist on traditional basbousa will have your stomach rumbling before it’s even baked. 

I swear by this recipe, it’s absolutely mouthwatering and, more importantly, probably the easiest way to whip up a decadent dessert in no time at all. It will hardly take you five minutes to prepare and takes just 35 minutes to bake.

 If you lead a busy life, are in the mood to bake something sweet and heavenly, or have guests coming over at the last minute and need to make something quick and delicious that will satisfy all ages and tastes, this should be your go to recipe.

 The texture, the sweetness and the gorgeous drizzle of fragrant syrup make this the ultimate indulgent dessert — one that is perfect for iftar, Eid Al-Fitr and the summer months as it is not overbearing or heavy on the stomach.

Ingredients for the basbousa:

• 1 cup of semolina

• 1 cup of powdered milk 

• 1 carton of heavy cream

• 1 tablespoon spoon of baking powder

• ½ cup of sugar

• ½ cup of sunflower oil

• ½ cup of water

• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

• 2 small cartons of fresh cream

Ingredients for the syrup:

• 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar

• 1 and 1/4 cups of water

• 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

• 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence or rosewater


•Pre-heat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

Combine all the ingredients — except the fresh cream — together in a large bowl. Mix well until all the ingredients are well incorporated.  Grease a pan or line it with baking paper and pour half the thick mixture in. Evenly distribute the fresh cream on top by the spoonful and pour the rest of the mixture on top. 

Bake for 35 minutes, then remove and allow to cool. To prepare the syrup, combine the water, sugar and lemon juice and bring to a boil in a small saucepan. Lower the heat and let the syrup gently simmer for between five to eight minutes. Once you turn off the heat, stir your chosen essence in and let the syrup cool before you drizzle it over the fluffy basbousa.


Bride chooses Elie Saab as ‘Game of Thrones’ stars wed

Updated 24 June 2018

Bride chooses Elie Saab as ‘Game of Thrones’ stars wed

DUBAI: Former “Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie married Saturday with a church service and a celebration at the bride’s ancestral castle in Scotland.
Leslie looked ethereal in an ivory lace and tulle gown by Elie Saab, with a white floral headpiece worn under a whimsical veil.
The couple and guests arrived for the afternoon service at Rayne Church, close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle in northeast Scotland, which is owned by Leslie’s family. Harington, wearing a morning suit, and Leslie smiled at members of the public who had gathered outside the church.
Guests included the pair’s “Game of Thrones” co-stars Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke, AP reported.
Leslie was walked into the church by her father Sebastian Leslie, an Aberdeenshire councilor and the chief of the ancient Leslie Clan, who wore a traditional Scottish kilt.
Later, the newlyweds were showered with rose petal confetti as they left the church and drove off in a Land Rover festooned with “Just Married” signs to a reception on the castle grounds.

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Harington and Leslie, who are both 31, met in 2012 on the set of the HBO fantasy series, where they played a couple as the characters Jon Snow and Ygritte. Leslie left the cast in 2014 and currently stars in US legal drama “The Good Fight.”
Harington credits Iceland as the backdrop to the beginning of their love story.
“Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical and because it was there that I fell in love,” he told L’Uomo Vogue last year. “If you’re already attracted to someone and then they play your love interest in the show, it’s becomes very easy to fall in love.”
In an interview with The Telegraph in June 2016, Leslie opened up about the relationship.
“He’s not a confrontational person so we don’t ever blow off steam,” she shared. “(He’s) a great man. I’m very proud of him. There’s an understanding that comes with the job, an understanding of being busy and when you have to say, ‘Sorry, I’m just going to bugger off for two months to film.’”
The couple announced their engagement with a notice in the Times of London newspaper in September.
“The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harrington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire,” the announcement read.
“We are absolutely thrilled for Kit and Rose to be marrying today,” Leslie’s father told assembled reporters before the ceremony. “It’s an absolutely lovely day for us.”