Turmeric Lebanese Sfouf

Lebanese Sfouf
12 months+, Toddler, Kid, Adult

Adapted from this beautiful blog and post http://nevermindthehummus.com/2014/05/12/sfouf-yellow-lebanese-cake/

Nutrition
Semolina is made from ground durum wheat and is yellowish in color. It's richer in protein and iron than regular wheat. Here it comes together with milk, sugar, flour, turmeric and pine nuts for an addictive, delicious cake. I try and limit white sugar in my toddler's diet to a few treats a week but sometimes, a piece of homemade, love and spice infused cake is just what the heart and soul ordered. 

Science Corner
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Yield
About 12 diamond shaped pieces

Ingredients
2 1/3 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup fine semolina
2 cups caster sugar
1 1/4 cup full fat milk
1 teaspoon turmeric
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil 
1 tablespoon tahini 
1/2 cup pine nuts

Method
Preheat the oven to 350F / 170C. Mix the flour, semolina, turmeric and baking powder well in a bowl. In another bowl mix the milk and sugar until well dissolved. Add the oil and mix well. Add the wet to the dry ingredients until you have a smooth batter without overmixing. Don't forget to ooh and aah at the gorgeous golden yellow color! Grease a cake pan with the tahini, mix the batter once again and pour into the pan. Sprinkle with the pine nuts. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry from the midsection of the cake. Allow the cake to cool. Slice into the traditional diamond shaped pieces and serve with cold milk for your toddler or a cup of hot mint tea for the perfect afternoon treat. 

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