Finally My Sfouf Bi Debs Tasted Yummy

Sfouf Bi Debs before entering the oven

Last week something stupid came through my mind: I wanted to bake Sfouf Bi Debs (or Lebanese Molasses Cake). Typicaly it should take 5 minutes for the preparation and 25 minutes in the oven, or so I thought. To tell you the truth it took me one week and 4 trials to come up with my perfect recipe… I share it here with you to spare you some time =).

Small story: This cake is very often eaten by Christians in Lebanon during the lent (before Easter day) period.


4 cups of flour

2 cups of debs “kharroub” ( molasses)

1 cup of vegetable oil

3 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp of aniseed (anise powder) in a bit of water

Tahini to grease the baking pan like a true lebanese

a handful of raw sesame seeds


Preheat the oven at 180 C

Mix the flour baking powder + debs + oil + milk + aniseed together.

Grease the pan with the tahini. Pour the batter and spread it evenly. You can even use a bit of water to help you spread it.

Bake it for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let is cool for a while then cut the in squares and enjoy with an Arabic coffee or a white coffee for a typical Lebanese break.

Happily yours,


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