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  • 1 1/2 cups semolina, farina, or Cream of Wheat
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup liquefied butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, or canned thickening cream
  • 1 teaspoon pineapple flavoring or vanilla flavoring (optional)
  • Almonds, pistachios, or cashews (optional)


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


  • In a large bowl, mix the semolina, coconut, and baking powder. Knead in the liquid butter until it is well distributed.
  • In a blender (or with a mixer or hand beater), blend the eggs, sugar, yogurt, and flavoring.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. Stir with a spoon until combined and pour immediately into a 9- by 13-inch ungreased cake pan.
  • If desired, decorate the top of the batter with the nuts so that there will be one nut in the middle of each piece (which is cut when removed from the oven). Bake in a 350°F oven until done and nicely browned.
  • Combine the ingredients for the syrup and allow them to boil for 5 minutes.
  • Over the hot cake, pour cool syrup. Let cake absorb syrup for 30 minutes.
  • Cut and serve.
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