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Sfoof -Lebanese Semolina Turmeric Cake
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Sfoof – Lebanese Semolina Turmeric Cake

This delicious cake is a popular street food in Lebanese with all of the health benefits of turmeric.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Lebanese
Servings: 15
Calories: 312kcal


  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 2 cups semolina
  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground anise seed
  • ¾ cup softened butter
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter or tahini
  • sesame seeds almonds or pine nuts, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9x12 baking dish with non stick spray.
  • Spread almond butter or tahini on bottom of pan.
  • In a saucepan, heat milk and sugar until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Add orange blossome water and rose water. Mix until thoroughly incorporated. Leave to cool.
  • While it is cooling, combine semolina, flour, baking powder, salt, turmeric and anise seed in a large bowl. Mix until well blended.
  • Using a pastry blender, cut the soft butter into the flour (as if you were making American style biscuits or scones) until it looks crumbly.
  • Add heated milk and mix until well blended.
  • Garnish the top with sesame seeds or nuts.
  • Transfer to prepared pan. Bake for 40 minutes until golden.


Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 317IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg
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