Lebanese Farina Cake A special Treat

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Lebanese Farina Cake  A Special Treat

As our church is having it's Taste of Lebanon this weekend, the parishioners are being asked to prepare dishes to be sold. My wife was asked to make the farina cake, harisat-el-louz. ris-to-laws.  

The farina most often eaten at breakfast on a cold morning is something with which many have a great deal of familiarity. It is a coarser grain designed to stick to the ribs. With a finer grained farina, the Lebanese make a cake, which is considered a true delicacy. The recipe below offers a couple of alternatives.



2 cups of farina
        1 cup of the breakfast farina, (boxed)
        1 cup of finer also called semolina
1 stick of unsalted margarine/butter
3 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup milk
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 cup simple syrup

Melt butter in a saucepan. Combine farina, sugar and melted butter in a bowl. Mix well for about 2 minutes and let sit for 5 minutes to cool before adding the rest of the ingredients.

Syrup:  2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water. Boil and add a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Grease bottom of a 9 x 13 pan with butter/margarine.

Mix 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder into the farina mixture bowl. Then add the milk. Pour into the pan before it thickens too much and spread evenly to be level. Let it sit for about 5 minutes before cutting into squares and sprinkle either pine nuts (pignoli seeds) or almonds atop each square. Bake in a preheated oven (350o ) for 40 minutes or until a golden brown.

While the cake is hot, cut into squares with a serrated edged knife and pour the hot syrup over the cake. The farina cake can be enjoyed hot when cooled. Add additional syrup to individual tastes.


Second option, as shown would be to add a layer of ricotta cheese to the center.

When the farina mixture is done, add a layer of the mixture to the bottom of the pan, uniformly and think enough to support the cheese.

Layer the ricotta, typically about 1/4" thick or thicker if one likes the cheese and uniformly in the pan.

Once done, add the farina topping and finish as in the simpler version. Cook at almost the same temp until the golden-brown color.




This post is offered just because of life events for the cookbook Challenge for June on ActiveRain.


Lebanese Farina Cake  A Special Treat

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Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Looks yummy, Ed !  I love cake with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Jun 22, 2024 03:38 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Ed - there are many introductions to my taste buds in this recipe selection.  I am pretty sure I have seen farina on shelves in some grocery stores, but I don't recall ever trying it.  Thanks for the enlightenment.  

Jun 22, 2024 03:39 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Ed. Have not thought about Farina in years. My grandmother used to make it for breakfast. I would be a buyer of your cake if I lived in the area. Enjoy your day.

Jun 22, 2024 04:19 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing.

Jun 22, 2024 05:12 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That looks delicious and I wouldn't mind having some of that for breakfast, haha.

Jun 22, 2024 06:23 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Wouldn't be my choice of dessert Ed, unless I topped it off with some ice cream...then maybe!

Jun 22, 2024 06:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. I will post it on X and send it to Chef Dolores on Facebook.

Jun 22, 2024 07:06 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ed,

What a great entry into the June Challenge! I'm seeing some great recipes from Rainers!

Jun 22, 2024 08:49 AM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

That looks great Ed. Thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Jun 22, 2024 09:10 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 - I wish I learned about that tasty breakfast treat before I was diagnosed a Diabetic. It looks and sounds delicious! 

Enjoy "Taste of Lebanon! It should be fun and delicious too!

Jun 22, 2024 09:16 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed the farina cake is something I would enjoy, especially for breakfast.

Jun 22, 2024 09:38 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

A cup of coffee would be the beverage of choice for that dee-lish-ous cake, Ed. Please thank your beautiful bride for the recipe and we sure do appreciate the entry!

Jun 22, 2024 09:40 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Ed,
That sounds (and looks) really good!

Jun 22, 2024 09:40 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Ed and this sounds so good and I have to give it a try in July and put it on the menu some weekend.


Jun 22, 2024 09:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ed... having had farina forced on me as a child, at first glance this is not something I would rush to eat. That being said, if I were at your Taste of Lebanon festival, I would take a bite and decide if I should stay away from farina for another 60+ years.

Jun 22, 2024 12:58 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed- your recipe did not disappoint!!!  I've never made anything with Farina and not sure I've had it but I'm going to try this one!!!! Thank you and your wife for this recipe. 

Jun 22, 2024 12:58 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thanks for the recipe, Ed. I will talk to my cook and see if she would like to give it a try.

Jun 23, 2024 08:25 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

Thanks for the recipe! I had this many years ago and it was delicious as I recall.

I hope your church's Taste of Lebanon is a huge success!


Jun 23, 2024 11:04 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my gosh, that looks amazing, Ed! Please thank your wife for allowing you to share another fabulous Lebanese recipe with us this month. This is another one I'll be bookmarking to make myself! THANK YOU!

Jun 30, 2024 08:23 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Debe Maxwell, CRS   You are going to have your hands full making all the recipes you bookmarked.

Jul 01, 2024 05:06 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Oh, I love to cook and can't wait to try them all, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754! Cooking is my therapy! LOL

Jul 01, 2024 06:10 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

HaHa! I choose that sometimes too, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754! LOL

Jul 01, 2024 06:27 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Debe Maxwell, CRS   Most brokers pick wine

Jul 01, 2024 06:26 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

This looks so delicisious!  I've never heard of it before but would love to try it. I'm not sure I can make it as well as your wife, but I'd give it a try!  

Jul 01, 2024 10:45 AM