Basbousa (Semolina Cake)


LENGTH: 2-2.5 hours

Learn to make this delicious dessert popular throughout Middle Eastern countries as well as North Africa, Iran, Greece and Turkey.

Basbousa is dessert made from coarse sweet semolina, and means small kiss in Arabic. Basbousa cake is a dessert from the Middle East that is made primarily from a semolina mixture. It combines some healthy ingredients that have come to be a very familiar flavor in the desserts of the Middle East. In Egypt this is the main dessert served during the feasts and holidays for both Christians and Muslims.


  • 2-2.5 hour one-on-one cooking class with Chef Tariq
  • Dedicated personal kitchen assistant to answer any questions
  • Personalized step-by-step coaching

Meet Your Instructor

I’m a food, travel & lifestyle blogger who is passionate about creating recipes from my Arab American background.

Born to an American mother and Palestinian father, I have lived and traveled all over the world.

I have been cooking for most of my life and have had a lifelong interest in food of all kinds, in particular foods of the Middle East. From my grandmother in Palestine, to formal training in college, I learned about food.

Frequently Asked Questions

With an American mother and Palestinian father, Chef Tariq is able to speak English and Arabic fluently.

No matter where you live, you can be accommodated at a time that suits you.

Your dedicated Kitchen Assistant will be in touch plenty of time before your cooking class to let you know what ingredients and equipment you’ll need. 

All of our classes are designed with the average home kitchen in mind. Everything we use can be found in a normal kitchen.

Our private classes are designed for between 2-6 people. If you want to include more people, just drop us an email and we can create a custom cooking event for you.

Absolutely! Just drop us an email and we can give you a quote.

A private cooking class can be cancelled and refunded up to 7 days before the class. Please know, any cancellation within 7 days of a class cannot be refunded. 

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