Namoura (نمورة)

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.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Lebanese
Keyword: Namoura (نمورة)
Prep Time: 12 hours 58 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 12 hours 58 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Mariam E.


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then cut out the namoura into square patterns or diamond shape patterns, whatever you prefer.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.1g | Protein: 5.8g | Fat: 14.1g | Saturated Fat: 7.8g | Sodium: 16.2mg | Sugar: 20.6g
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