Basbouseh bil Ashta بسبوسه بالقشطة 

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Basbouseh Bil Ashta is a Middle Eastern dessert. It is made up of 2 layers of semolina cake with ashta (milk pudding) layer in the middle, drenched with syrup and then decorated with nuts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup plain yogurt room temperature 
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tbs baking powder

For Ashta ( milk pudding)

  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tbs cornstarch 
  • 4 tbs sugar 
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp orange blossom water

For syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs orange blossom water
  • Squeeze of lemon

Method:

  1. Start with the syrup, in a pot add sugar and water. Let boil for five minutes and then add lemon. Continue boiling for another 5 minute, turn heat off and add orange blossom water.
  2. To make ashta ( milk pudding): In a pot add milk, sugar, cornstarch, and heavy cream. Stir until cornstarch and sugar are dissolved.
  3. Cook on the stove top of at medium high heat stirring constantly until thickened.
  4. Stir in orange blossom water.
  5. In a big bowl add dry ingredients and mix until it is all combined.
  6. Add the yogurt and egg and stir until mixed together.
  7. Spray a 9×13 Pyrex pan with nonstick spray and spread 1/3 of the batter in the bottom of the pan.
  8. Next spread the ashta (milk pudding) on top.
  9. With a spoon spread the rest of the semolina batter evenly on top of the ashta.
  10. Let it rest for about 45 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile preheat oven to 375F.
  12. Cut the basbouseh into the shape desired.
  13. Bake the basbouseh in the middle rack of the oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  14. With a knife cut over the shape that you cut before baking.
  15. Drizzle the cooled syrup on top and let rest before serving. 
  16. Decorate with any thing you like.

Enjoy!

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