Healthy Mediterranean Recipes

Lebanese Yellow Cake (Sfouf)

This was my first attempt at making this cake. I always viewed it as a difficult dish. However, after trying it out, I was surprised on how easy it was to make. You can find these cakes at any middle eastern sweet shop. The Lebanese Sfouf cake is also a primary cake that is served to guests. If you ever visit a Middle Eastern home, most likely, you will be served this cake.

I love the way this cake turned out. It was nice and moist. The color was beautiful. I am not a fan of the color yellow but this cake really has a bright beautiful yellow hue. Making it was very easy. The ingredients I used are found in the majority of cakes out there. However, this recipe calls for turmeric and anise seed. I am familiar with turmeric however, anise seed was new to me. You cannot make this recipe anise seed so there are no substitutions I know of. I needed to fined ground anise seed. I couldn’t fine ground anise seed at my local market. I was able to find whole anise seeds that I was able to grind in a blender. My mother told me that the Middle Eastern markets sell ground anise seeds. So if you have a middle eastern market near by, grab some ground anise seed for his recipe. Otherwise, just grind it in a blender. Turmeric is easy to find every where so you should not have any trouble.

I challenge you to try out this recipe. It really is different than your usual cake recipes. The anise seed gives it a unique flavor that you cannot find anywhere. Try it out and let me know how it goes!

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Lebanese Semolina (Sfouf)
This cake is a common Lebanese sweet that has a very unique taste
Cuisine Lebanese
Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Cuisine Lebanese
Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Mix the semolina, flour, baking powder, turmeric and ground aniseed in a bowl
  3. Add the butter to the bowl and mix with the flour.
  4. Combine and sugar and milk. Once dissolved, the the milk and sugar to the flour mix.
  5. Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth texture
  6. Pour the ingredients into a greased pan. The pan should be higher than two inches in height. I used a rectangular shaped pan.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
  8. Let it cool down when finished. Cut into squares or whatever shape you like and enjoy 🙂


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