Citrus muffins (Nammoura)

it taste better with orangeThis is one of the most popular Ramadan pastries. I was always critical of the ones sold in stores as being too cloyingly sweet and too dense. Instead, I devised some nammoura bars and a batch of nammoura muffins. The nammouras  are still sweet, but with a soft tender texture and full of tanginess from the lemon (or orange). This dessert is easy to prepare and does not contain eggs. The syrup can be prepared ahead by several days. lemon namura bars INGREDIENTS: 24 bars or muffins

  • 3 cups semolina (if possible, use 1 1/2 cup coarse and 1 1/2 cup fine semolina)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup melted unsalted butter (or oil, I recommend butter)
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar (optional)
  • 2 cups full-fat yogurt (plain)
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom water (or other flavoring)
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons oil or tahini to grease the pan 

1. Prepare the syrup, cool and set aside for a while or several days. 


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 lemons or oranges or a combo, sliced thin (about 1 pound)

Place the sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer uncovered and cook about 8 minutes. Add the lemon or orange slices and cook about ten minutes longer over very low heat. If the syrup starts to caramelize, watch it and add a bit of water (1/4 cup) if needed. Cool. Store in the fridge until needed.  2. Make the bars: Place the semolinas and baking soda in a mixer bowl; add the butter then yogurt and mix until the consistency is thicker than pancake dough. Cover and let the dough rest all day. When ready to bake, grease a 9 or 10″ pan, preheat the oven to 350F and bake the nammoura for about 35 minutes until golden brown. Pour the syrup when out of the oven and garnish with the citrus slices if desired. Cool and serve. NOTE: If you have any Seville orange syrup, or Seville orange juice, you can add it to the syrup; it is a good combo of sweet and sour. If making muffins, fill the muffin cups only about 3/4 full and place a candied orange slice (or lemon) on top.  bake for 15 minutes dup nammoura with orn

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  1. Posted July 1, 2014 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    A wonderful treat! I love namoura.



  2. Posted July 1, 2014 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    I will have to make these. You have a wonderful depth of knowledge of Lebanese food.

  3. Joumana
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    @Elizabeth: I ask a lot of questions and cook with locals! :) Thanks!

  4. Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    i’d like to try it. i’ve seen it in middle eastern restaurants. it looks delish!

  5. Posted July 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    olá querida eu amo o seu blog é sempre maravilhoso ver as comidas dos meus avós e que eu amo tanto parabens estão perfeitos vou levando a receita e fazer .

  6. Posted July 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    J’en ai goûté une fois, le goût m’était resté en bouche…et voilà que la recette me tombe là ! Merci Joumana je suis ravie, je garde ta recette précieusement tel un trésor. Je ne manquerai pas de la faire. Merci mille fois c’est un réel bonheur pour moi de passer par chez c’est je le répète un réel bonheur. Bien cordialement

  7. Joumana
    Posted July 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    @VEB: Merci! je suis ravie de te faire plaisir! :)

  8. Posted July 10, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    These look SO GOOD drenched in that tasty syrup!

  9. eventinglb
    Posted July 13, 2014 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    looks yummi !

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