Namourah or Namoura with Almonds and Coconut (Traditional Lebanese Cake)
Namourah or Namoura is a very popular traditional Lebanese semolina cake. It is delicious with tea or coffee. It is usually made with semolina or farina, but you can substitute semolina with cream of wheat or other cereal similar to semolina. Today's recipe is namoura with cream of wheat, almonds and coconut.
2 cups cream of wheat, plain, dry
2 cups yogurt, plain
3 cups sugar, divided
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup almonds, slivered or sliced
1 cup coconut, shredded (optional)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp orange blossom water (optional)
1 Tbs lemon juice
Make the batter and cook the cake:
In large bowl, combine cream of wheat with yogurt, 2 cups of the sugar, baking powder and vanilla. At the step, if you like, add the coconut. Stir until thoroughly blended. Pour into greased or sprayed cake pan. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 425° F until golden brown.
Make the syrup:
While baking the cake, make the syrup. Heat 1 cup of the sugar and the water to boiling on stove. Allow to boil long enough to come to a thin syrup. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and orange blossom water.
Pour Syrup over the cake:
While cake is still warm, pour syrup over top.
You can serve namoura warm or cold with tea or coffee.
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