Sfoof is a Lebanaese Semolina Turmeric cake. This eggless cake is so flavorful enhanced with turmeric, anise, rose water and orange blossom water. With all the benefits of turmeric including pain reliever, anti inflammatory, digestive and cancer preventative, this is one of the most delicious ways to enjoy this healthful spice.
This is a very popular cake in Lebanon and one of the most popular street foods of Beirut. Traditionally, the bottom of the pan is coated with tahini, sesame seed paste. I am not a tahini fan. I find the flavor very overpowering. Yes, I am one of the few people who do not go ga-ga over hummus because of the tahini. Despite the small amount used in this recipe, I still played it safe and replaced it with almond butter to be sure I would like this cake. So the cake would still have the required sesame flavor, I opted for the sesame seed garnish instead of the nuts that are sometimes used.
I was a little hesitant about the large amount of turmeric in a sweet cake, but with the flower waters and anise, it is a great balance of flavors and the cake has just the right amount of sweetness. Not to mention all the health benefits of turmeric, who can resist this sweet presentation?
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