Basbousa (Syrup-Soaked Semolina Cake)
Basbousa, also called hareesa and namoura, is a syrup-soaked semolina cake with origins in Egypt. This popular Middle Eastern dessert gets its super tender, moist texture from a simple syrup that’s poured over the cake after baking. The yogurt in the batter and the touch of lemon juice in the soak offer a bright, tangy finish. Because it will stay soft and flavorful for days, basbousa is the perfect crowd-feeding dessert to make in advance.