Namoura (نمورة)

  • Author: Mariam E.
  • Prep Time: 1 hr.
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hr 40 min
  • Yield: 16 1x


Namoura (نمورة), 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.



  • 3 cups semolina flour (coarse)
  • 1.5 cup melted butter
  • 1.5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (not Greek)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used Carnation)
  • 3 tbsp. orange blossoms water
  • 2 tbsps.. tahini paste
  • 1/2 cup almonds, (peeled and halved)


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1.5 tbsps. orange blossoms water


  1. In a large bowl mix the sugar, semolina, and butter together. Add in the milk, orange blossoms water, baking powder, yogurt and mix well to obtain a thick sticky batter.
  2. Brush a non-stick sheet pan with the tahini paste and then place the batter on it and spread out with a spatula or your palm.
  3. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then cut out the namoura into square patterns or diamond shape patterns, whatever you prefer.
  4. Bake the Namoura cake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes, and then turn on the broiler to broil the top a few minutes if you would like to obtain a darker golden color.
  5. Remove from the oven and pour 1 1/4 cup of sugar syrup evenly over the Namoura while it’s hot. Let it cool at room temperature before serving.


  1. In a small pot, mix the sugar and water well until the sugar dissolves. Bing to boil and then start timing 5 minutes time on low-medium heat.
  2. Add in the lemon juice and orange blossoms water and boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool down.


Prepare sugar syrup during bake time or before.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Lebanese


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 322
  • Sugar: 20.6g
  • Sodium: 16.2g
  • Fat: 14.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.1g
  • Protein: 5.8g

Keywords: Namoura (نمورة)