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Sfoof سفوف (Lebanese yellow cake)

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  • 3 cups fine semolina
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 3 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2.25 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame seed paste (or vegetable oil if you don't have)
  • 1 handful pine nuts (optional decoration)
  • Serving
    Serves 10
  • Skill Level


This is my dear mothers speciality, she makes very delicious sfoof, mashAllah! Sfoof is a Lebanese cake which isn't really a typical cake. It is made with semolina and coloured with turmeric. You just have to try it!
  1. Place the semolina, flour, turmeric and baking powder in a large bowl and mix with a spoon
  2. Place the sugar in a separate bowl, add the water and mix until the sugar begins to dissolve. Add the milk and mix again, followed by the oil
  3. Add the liquid mixture to the dried ingredient bowl. Mix with a spoon, then use an electric whisk to vigorously mix until bubbles begin to form
  4. Use the sesame seed paste to coat the base of your cake tin. I used a 30cm tin to fit the mixture
  5. Decorate with the pine nuts if you wish, then place in a pre-heated oven at 210 degrees Celsius, and leave for 35-40 mins. Check with a skewer if it done, then remove and leave to cool completely before cutting up and serving

It is super easy and delicious to make. I have used my mums special recipe, so feel free to give it a go and enjoy :)

Tip: Goes down a treat with a cup of tea


Anisa 12th January 2021, 11:13pm
I like the sound of a sfoof
Nosaiba :) @nosaibasfood 27th June 2021, 05:32pm
It is even yummier than it sounds ;)
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