Bassima (coconut dessert)

Bassima is a traditional egyptian dessert .. coconut is its main ingredient… its baked then cut into bars … its quiet tasty …..and for any coconut lover .. its the perfect dessert … to make it you will need:

– 3 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut (dried coconut shredded into tiny peices)

– 1 cup sugar

– 1 cup flour

– 3 ts baking powder

– 1/2 cup butter, melted

– 1 cup milk

– 2 large eggs

– 1/2 ts vanilla

– 1 cup sugar syrup

Preheat oven to 180°C.

coconut flour and sugar

 In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients including the sugar.. by that i mean the coconut, flour, baking powder and sugar …

mix egg then add milk

 In another bowl.. whisk the eggs with vanilla .. then add the milk and mix …

add butter

 Then add the melted butter to the wet ingredients too … and mix …

add egg mix to coconute mix

 Now add the egg mixture to the coconut mixture .. and mix well until well blended … u dont need to use any type of mixers .. just mix it all with a spoon or a rubber spatula .. 

mix and pour

 Then pour into a 11 x 16 inch baking sheet pan …


 Bake for 20 to 30 mins … until the edges are golden .. and if the top isnt golden yet then with the broiler on .. bake until golden too …

adding sugar syrup

 Now there is this small rule about adding the sugar syrup .. it says … either the Bassima must be hot and the sugar syrup cold or at room temprature … or the other way around … if both r cold or hot .. then the syrup wont be absorbed into the dessert … so this time the syrup was at room temprature for me and i added it as soon as the the bassima came out of the oven …. let it completly cool down after this …  


Then cut it into squares ….

And serve …

Ps. this might seem like a very sweet dessert .. but it accually isnt … try it and u will know wat i mean … specially if u r a coconut lover .. im sure u will like it …

Enjoy 🙂 …


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Yummmmmm ! how do I follow your blog?



  2. fisforfishy says:

    Looks really good. I love coconut, I may have to give this a try.

  3. Liz says:

    Thanks for visiting with me. It is always nice to meet new bloggers especially that have a passion for food (cooking).
    I am definitely a coconut lover. I see myself eating the whole pan. It looks delicious

  4. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Mahir …. i was trying to look for a way to get people to subscribe to rss feed but i dont think its available for … but dont worry found a solution 😛 … u can go to this link .. … then click on the subscribe botton there … thats the only solution till i make my own website … sorry for the inconveiniance … and hope this helps 🙂

  5. limeandlemon says:

    Thank you liz … let me know how it turns out when u get the chance to try it .. 🙂

  6. limeandlemon says:

    thanx fisforfishy …. let me know how it turns 🙂

  7. NobblySan says:


    I’ve just bumped you from alphainventions, so thought I’d see what your blog was about….. it must be my lucky day; this recipe looks brilliant.

    I’ll try it first chance I get.


  8. limeandlemon says:

    Thank you .. let me know how it turns out 🙂

  9. rachel says:

    I love the sound of this.

    Also thankyou for the recipe for sugar syrup.

    Your step by step photos are great – making everything really clear.

    I am glad to be in touch with you. rach

  10. limeandlemon says:

    Thank you rach .. stay in touch 🙂

  11. nativecho says:

    Thanks for providing this recipe – I know someone who will absolutely love it!


  12. rob says:

    i am cookoo for coconut. thanks i will try this.

  13. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx rob .. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

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