Namoora {نمورة}


Namoura cake is one of the easier, simpler, less time consuming Lebanese dessert recipes. With very few ingredients and short prep time, this is one of the desserts you make when crave something sweet but your time is tight. This egg-less cake is sweetened with Atyr syrup warm from the oven. The syrup soaks into the cake and creates a rich dense cake. We don’ t make this dessert often so when it came to writing this recipe we had to go digging in Mama’s old recipe journal. It’s amazing how good recipes stand the test of time.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 12


  • 2 cups semolina #2
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • Atyr – Lebanese Simple Syrup {قطر}
  • 1/4 cup almond halves





  1. prepare Atyr
  2. Combine semolina, sugar, butter, yogurt, baking powder, orange blossom water and rose water; mix well.
  3. Spread in greased pan no thinker than one inch deep. Smooth top and score namoura into equal squares and place almond half in center of each square.
  4. Let namoora rest while oven preheats to 400F.
  5. Bake until golden brown; ~25- 30 min.
  6. Remove from oven and evenly pour 2 cups cooled Atyr syrup over Namooura.
  7. Let cool; re-cut squares and serve.
  8. Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Baker tips:

If namooura is browning around the edges and not on top turn oven to broil on high for a few minutes.


2 thoughts on “Namoora {نمورة}

    1. You could use Honey, agave nectar etc. or if you want a sugar free alternative there are sugar alcohol syrups!

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