Friday, July 6, 2012

Basbousa with Pistachio Recipe

Muslims observe fasting every Ramadhan which coincides with non-specific month for English calendar. These cookies or desserts are commonly seen in arab tables. Warning  this recipe is not mine. I just save them for my future coming ramadhania recipes :) For people who are interested, pliz visit this link :

Preparation time :     10 minutes
Cooking time :     35 minutes

Serves: 10 persons


1 cup butter or 200 g, melted
1 tin NESTLÉ® Sweetened Condensed Milk or 397 g
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups semolina or 320 g
1½ cups pistachio nuts or 210 g, finely chopped

For the syrup:
2 cups sugar or 400 g
1½ cups water or 375 ml
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon rose water


In a bowl, combine butter, NESTLÉ® Sweetened Condensed Milk and baking powder and stir well. Add semolina and mix until well-combined.

Sprinkle chopped pistachio evenly in a 28cm x 24cm baking tin. Pour semolina mixture over the pistachio and level it.

Bake in a 190°C preheated oven for 35 minutes or until top is golden.

Remove from oven and pour cooled syrup on top. Place in fridge to completely cool then cut into diamond shapes and serve.

To prepare the syrup:

Place sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to boil and simmer for 6-8 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and rosewater.

Cooking tips : To peel the pistachio, bring water to boil in a saucepan, add the pistachio and boil for only 10 seconds. Drain and then rub the pistachio in a kitchen cloth to remove the skin.

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