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A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn: An Outer-Borough Version of Basbousa for Serious Eats

A Delicious Semolina cake called Basbousa
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When I was in college, I waited tables at a Middle Eastern restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. While the restaurant specialized in homemade falafel and pita bread pizzas, our secret weapon was really a simple semolina cake called basbousa.

Basbousa was basically our quick fix for any situation. Complaining customers received it as a pacifier. Friendly guests received it as a reward. Homeless people who were denied the use of our bathroom received a slice as consolation.

The cake's virtue is its simplicity: it's sort of like cornbread, only made with semolina. What really makes it shine, though, is that it's topped while still hot with a sweet glaze which oozes into every little nook and cranny of the porous cake. Finished off with a sprinkling of almonds on top, it makes the perfect complement to a strong Turkish coffee. For a recipe that tastes very similar to the Brooklyn version I remember, visit Serious Eats!


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Reader Comments (5)

I think I'm gonna try this...it sounds delicious;)

September 28 | Unregistered CommenterNutmeg Nanny

Did you work at Bedouin Tent? I really miss that place! (I live in a small town in the South now.)

LOVE the blog post title...A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn...I just LOVE the book you based that on, wore the covers off my copy when I was a teenager.

September 30 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

That restaurant is one of the only reasons my roommate agreed to move here. Unfortunately Bay Ridge is pretty far away, but I made this cake last night and she is now in much higher spirits! Thank you!

October 1 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

so... where can i find the recipe for this basbousa>

October 6 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
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