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MOROCCO: Orange & Almond Basbousa

In conjunction with our focus on Morocco week, as well as making their Morocco Lapbooks the kids also had fun making this lovely Moroccan cake.

Here is the recipe and method:


  • 115g butter, softened
  • 1 orange
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 150g semolina
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • greek-style yoghurt to serve


  • 300ml orange juice
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 8 cardamom pods, crushed


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4. Grease and base-line a 20cm/8 inch cake tin. Grate the rind from the orange, reserving some for the decoration, and squeeze the juice from one half. Place the butter, orange rind and caster sugar in a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs. In a separate bowl, mix together the semolina, ground almonds and baking powder, then fold into the creamed mixture with the orange juice. Spoon the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until well risen and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.

2. To make the syrup, place the orange juice, sugar and cardamom pods in a saucepan over a low heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and simmer for 4 minutes, or until syrupy.

3. Turn the cake out into a deep serving dish. Using a skewer, make holes over the surface of the warm cake. Strain the syrup into a separate bowl and spoon three quarters of it over the cake, then leave it to stand for 30 minutes. Dust the cake with icing sugar and cut into slices. Serve with the remaining syrup drizzled around, accompanied by yoghurt.

Yusef grating and squeezing the orange

Samira weighing out and creaming the butter

Basma giving it a mix

Amina giving it a mix too

Samira making the orange syrup

Sliced and ready to eat

Bsahtek, insha’Allah!


One comment on “MOROCCO: Orange & Almond Basbousa

  1. […] between the UK and Morocco. Finally, we added on an extra page with the recipe and photos of the Orange and Almond Basbousa that the kids made […]

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