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Namoura: Soaked Semolina Cake

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We know, we know, saying moist is frowned upon, but there really is no better word to describe this Lebanese sweet, syrup soaked semolina cake known as the Namoura.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Baking, Cake
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings 30 pieces


For the Syrup:

  • Click the link above for recipe.

For the Semolina Cake:

  • 3 cups Semolina flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup 1½ sticks Unsalted Butter, melted plus more for coating the pan
  • 1 cup Plain whole milk Yogurt
  • tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup Slivered Almonds


  • Make the syrup, click the link above for the recipe.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush 9"x13" baking pan with melted butter .
  • Combine semolina, melted butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine yogurt and baking soda -- mix well and set aside for 10 minutes until nearly doubled in size.
  • Pour the yogurt over the semolina mixture and mix well to combine. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and press into an even layer.
  • Use a knife to score the surface of the namoura on the diagonal into 2" diamond-shaped pieces. Top each diamond in the center with an almond.
  • Bake until golden brown, 25~30 minutes.
  • Place the baking dish on a wire rack and drizzle the cooled syrup over the top of the hot namoura. Let cool completely before recutting along the scored lines and serving.
  • Namoura stays good at room temperature for up to 3 days.