Arabic desserts are famed for being extremely sweet, syrupy drenched pastries and sugar coated bites. They are high in sugar and rather calorific. A traditional Egyptian cake recipe however, isn't as sickly sweet as you might imagine. This is Basbousa.
Pronounced Bas-boo-sah it is a generally baked in a square baking tray, and enjoyed with a cup of tea.
Basbousa is very much like a sponge, but with Arabic flavouring, which adds a certain je ne sais quoi.