Orange-Scented Semolina Squares

Author: Canadian Living

Orange blossom water is available at Middle Eastern and some specialty food stores. Though the flavour will be a bit different, Cointreau, triple sec or Grand Marnier can replace it. 

  • Portion size 54 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Holiday Cookbook: Fall 2010

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 1/2 cup semolina flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup Balkan-style plain yogurt
  • 54 blanched almonds
Syrup:
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange blossom water
  • 2 teaspoons orange liqueur

Method

In bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs and orange rind.

In separate bowl, whisk together semolina flour, baking powder and baking soda; stir into butter mixture. Stir in yogurt. Scrape into parchment paper–lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan. Press almonds, equally spaced, over top.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until golden and cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Syrup: Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring sugar, water, lemon juice and orange blossom water to boil; cook for 5 minutes. Let cool until warm.

Cut between almonds into squares; pour syrup evenly over top. Let cool completely in pan.

Nutritional facts Per square: about

  • Sodium 23 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 70.0
  • Total fat 3 g
  • Potassium 26 mg
  • Cholesterol 12 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 11 g

%RDI

  • Iron 1.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 2.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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