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Sfoof Semolina and Turmeric Cake
From: Gypsy

This cake has density to it. Traditionally its cut in small squares and each square has a pine nut or blanched almond, I've served it with toasted sesame seeds when I wanted Sfoof and was out of pine nuts and almonds. You can omit the anise, however the flavor adds a little sweetness and takes it to another level. I absolutely love this cake and I hope you will too! Sfoof is great served with tea or coffee for breakfast.

SERVES 8 -10

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup fine semolina
  • 1 tablespoon anise seed, toasted and ground
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 5 tablespoons of room temp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric

pine nuts or blanched almond (to garnish)

Preheat oven to 350°F, grease a deep rectangular pan 81/4 x121/4 x2 inches deep with a tablespoon of tahini.

Mix the semolina, flour, baking powder, anise and turmeric in a bowl,.

Add the olive oil and with your hands mix well until all well combined.

In a separate bowl combine warm water and sugar and stir until its dissolved.

Add the syrup to the flour mixture and beat with a hand beater for 5 minutes.

Pour into baking pan, sprinkle with sesame seeds, pine nuts or blanched almonds whichever you fancy!

Bake for about 35 minutes or until the cake has risen and is cooked inside. Test with a toothpick and if it comes out dry the cake is done.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool, then cut into diamonds or squares and serve at room temperature This cake will keep for a week if its stored in a sealed container in a cool place.