Basbousa Bil Tamr Recipe

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The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Basbousa bil tamr recipe. Enjoy Middle Eastern food and learn how to make Basbousa bil tamr.


2 cups semolina
1 cup plain flour
1 cup dessicated coconut
1 cup sugar (you can reduce the amount to 1/2 cup if you want it less sweet)
1 cup melted butter
1 cup milk
1tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
500g date-paste cut into thin slices
Decoration 1 cup blanched almonds
Syrup 5 cups boiling water
3 cups sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp thick honey (optional)


Prepare the syrup, by adding all the ingredients together, bring to boil, cook on low heat until reduced to half the amount.
Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Mix all the liquid ingredients then add to the dry ingredients.
Mix well Brush a rectangle 20×30 panggangan proof dish, and spread half the basbousa mix.
Arrange date paste slices on top carefully, then add the remaining basbousa mix and spread.
With a sharp knife mark 12 equal squares into the top layer of semolian, decorate each with halved almonds.
Bake in a preheated oven, 200°C degrees until golden in colour.
Pass a knife over the squares again, deepening the lines.
Add the the cold syrup while the basbousa is still warm.
Leave to rest before cutting and serving.
By fadi hajj , beirut , Lebanon

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