Delicious Coconut Basbousa + (book review)

( Photo: Copyright of Superlovely housewife)

This delicious treat is great for the whole family. But if your husband or spouse is from the Middle East you can impress them by quickly whipping this dessert together in very little or no time.
This is a version of the Coconut halva recipe I got from "Essential Middle Eastern Cooking" By Soheila Kimberley.
This book around 100 pages and covered with tastey mouthwatering photographs of Middle Eastern foods. Many of the ingredients can by found at your local grocery store and/or Middle Eastern/Asian market. She has beautiful colored photographs of over 70 different recipes.
There is persian and shish kebabs, baghali paulo(rice), tabuli, and of course halva/halwa. Delicious book, with simple easy to follow steps. Go! YaAllah! learn to cook some Middle Eastern Food you will love it.

Tip** Check to see if your local library has this book!

**Check out my list of must have spices!

Now here is my recipe version

It says can serve 4-6 people, but in my opinion it can serve more than 10.


1/2 cup of unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup of flour
1 1/4 cup of semolina
1 1/2 cup of grated coconut
3/4 cup of milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon of rose water * recipe calls for vanilla extract but I used rose water
Almonds or nuts for decoration

For the syrup
1/2 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of water
* recipes calls for 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, but it was to strong, I used rose water in the basbousa.

1. Preheated oven to 350F. Melt butter in a pan, add all dry ingredients together and mix well. Make sure your pan is large enough for all ingredients. Just mix well, it should be like a thick cake paste. Pour into your baking pan and flatten. Cook for 30-35 minutes, or till golden brown.
2. For the syrup add the water to a separate pan and heat, then add the sugar, bring to a boil and simmer keep stirring for about 6-8 minutes. It should became a thick syrup after having some time to cool down. Pour this on the top of your finished Basbousa.
3. Cut and serve. ENJOY!!