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This sweet recipe I got from one cookery show. This sweet semolina cake with lemon syrup is very popular in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. It is normally baked in a large tray, cut into diamond shapes with an almond on each piece and finally soaked with the sweet and sour syrup.

It tasted like kesari(with out sugar syrup) which gives me an idea to bake Kesari. Thought of trying baked kesari soon.

Cake Ingredients

1. Semolina / white rava – 2 cups
2. Sugar – 1 cup
3. Butter stick – 1 (softened)
4. Whole milk – 1 cup
5. vanilla extract – 1 tsp
6. Baking powder – 1 tsp
7. Baking soda – 1 tsp
8. Eggs -2
9. blanched split almonds

Syrup Ingredients

1. sugar – 2 1/2 cups
2. water – 1 1/2 cups
3. juice from 1 lemon (or 2 tablespoons orange juice)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Lightly grease and flour baking dish or spray non stick spray.
2. Butter has to be in room temperature and mash it with sugar in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
3. In a separate bowl, combine semolina, baking powder and baking soda. Slowly add to butter and egg mixture. Stir in milk.
4. Pour mixture into baking dish and smooth it with spoon.
5. Bake this for 20-25 minutes or until done.
6. Take a butter knife and make diagonal lines from left to right and complete to make diamond shapes. YOu can cut in any shapes. Place an almond in the center of each diamond.
7. Decorate with fried cashews or almonds on top.
8. Dissolve sugar in water in a pan. Add lemon juice and bring to a boil. Once the syrup begins to boil. Remove from heat and set aside.
9. Remove cake from oven and pour syrup over cake until no more can be absorbed. Allow to cool for 20 minute.
10. Delicious sweet is ready for serve.

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