Anita’s Lebanese Turmeric Cake

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Turmeric: A miracle yellow-bright spice that supports a healthy brain, promotes a youthful radiant skin and by having a piece of this delicious light cake you will also improve your mood 🙂


4 cups flour

2 cups semolina, finely ground

2 Tablespoon Turmeric

1 Tablespoon Anise, ground

1 1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 Teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups granulated sugar

3 cups nonfat milk

2 Tablespoon tahini

1/2 cup pine nuts

1/3 cup sesame seeds


  1. Mix flour with semolina in a big bowl with your hands. Add baking powder, baking soda, turmeric and ground anise.
  2. Add vegetable oil and mix all with your hands until is all crumbly.
  3. Incorporate sugar into the milk, mix well and pour over batter until you reach a soft texture.
  4. Grease a 12 inches square or round pan with tahini. Pour the batter in. Brush top with tahini paste using a pastry brush.
  5. Release air from the pan by hitting the pan over your kitchen counter to make a flatten and even cake batter. Decorate top with pine nuts and sprinkle over with some sesame seeds.
  6. Place your cake in a 400 Fahrenheit preheated oven. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes until top is golden.
  7. Remove cake from oven. Allow to cool. esfuf-in-baking-tray
  8. Cut cake into squares and enjoy.