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Basbousa pan, cut into diamond shapes and garnished with crushed pistachios. With a serving spatual on top.
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Egyptian Farina Dessert Recipe ( Basbousa)

An Egyptian farina dessert recipe that is soft, sweet and so delicious.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Egyptian, Middle East
Servings: 12 people
Author: Amira


  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter.
  • 1/4 cup milk.
  • 1/4 cup honey.
  • 3/4 cup sugar.
  • 2 1/2 cup farina.


  • 1/2-1 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut flakes.
  • Nuts of your choice.

Simple syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar.
  • 1 cup water.
  • 2 Tablespoons honey.
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime juice.


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat add butter, honey and milk.
  • When the butter is melted and the mixture is not boiling, add sugar, stir to dissolve.
  • Add coconut flakes if using and mix well then turn the heat off.
  • Add the farina and mix until just blended, do not over mix.
  • Butter a baking dish with low rim, spread the mixture evenly.
  • Dip your fingers in water and press the mixture evenly in the pan.
  • Cut the basbousa into the desired pieces, squares, diamonds or triangles add nuts if using then let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Bake for 15 minutes . If necessary broil on low until it gets golden brown.
  • Meanwhile make the simple syrup, by combining all the ingredients together, bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for few minutes.
  • When the basbousa is done, remove from oven and pour the warm syrup immediately.*
  • Cover with foil and let it cool down before serving.


* I try to finish my syrup about 10-15 minutes before the basbousa is done so it is not too hot and not room temperature either… say post for details about this matter.