When I was growing up, our neighbours up the street were Middle Eastern. Every Ramadan season, they would invite our family for an Iftar feast. Most of the dishes they served were not familiar to me, but the one dish that stood out from the rest was the basbousa. It had a subtle sweetness that was not overpowering and was the perfect finish to a meal or as a teatime snack.
This is my favourite recipe in the entire world. It also happens to be very first cake I ever baked in my life. Just thinking about this cake brings back so many childhood memories.