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Lebanese Sfouf Recipe

Sfouf Recipe: Lebanese Turmeric Cake

Turmeric Cake, also known as Sfouf, is a famous Lebanese dessert that's vegan, light and very easy to make. This recipe has no butter or eggs and I've replaced the milk from the traditional recipe with unsweetened almond milk.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 14 servings
Calories 190 kcal


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 cup semolina course or fine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts for decoration
  • 2 tablespoons tahini or oil to grease the pan


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Grease a 9 inch baking pan with the tahini or oil.
  • In a small bowl, mix all the dry ingredients: semolina, flour, turmeric and baking powder.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the wet ingredients: canola oil, almond milk and cane sugar. Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved in the mixture.
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients until batter is smooth.
  • Pour the batter in greased pan and sprinkle the pine nuts as a topping.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. You can check if it's finished baking by inserting a toothpick that comes out dry or until pine nuts are golden.
  • Let it cool on wire rack before cutting it into small pieces.


Ingredients and replacements:

Semolina: you can find this in all Middle Eastern stores or buy it online here
Pine nuts: make sure to use raw pine nuts found in all major supermarkets or buy them online. You can also use raw almonds instead of the pine nuts. 
Almond milk: if you want to make the non-vegan version, you can still use regular milk instead of almond milk. 
Tahini: this is only used to grease the pan and can be replaced by oil if you don't have it. You can buy it at Middle Eastern stores or online here
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