Namoura, is a delicious Lebanese cake/dessert that is super easy to make and widely known across the Middle East.  It is topped with almonds, baked and then soaked with an aromatic sugar. This dessert is the classic recipe of the original Lebanese Namoura. Many other Middle Eastern cultures called it by other names. It is served all year round and during many religious festivities.


2 cups semolina flour
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. bicarbonate
1 pinch of salt
1 cup of yogurt
4 tbsp. orange blossom water
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tbsp. almond halves (for decoration)
1 cup of sugar syrup (recipe below)

Sugar syrup (1cup)

1 cup sugar
½ cup water
2tsp. lemon juice
2tbsp. orange blossom water

Boil sugar & water together then turn off the fire and add lemon juice and orange blossom water.

Put it aside to cool.


Mix the semolina with sugar, bicarbonate, salt in a bowl. Add yogurt and orange blossom water and mix with a whisk. Rub the bottom of an oven tray (30x20cm) with oil. Pour the mixture into the tray slowly and flatten it with a spatula. Decorate the top with almond halves and put the tray in a preheated oven (180°C) for 40 minutes or until it’s fully baked. Take it out of the oven and pour the sugar syrup over it until it’s all absorbed, leave it aside to cool.

You can cut the namoura into 24 squares and serve.


You can use yogurt low-fat.