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Semolina is a coarse-ground flour made from durum wheat. Look for it in the baking section of your supermarket or health-food store.

Source: Everyday Food, June 2009
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If you'd like to omit the semolina, increase the all-purpose flour to 1 1/2 cups. Instead of orange zest, you can substitute lemon zest: 2 teaspoons grated and 4 strips.

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  • janetcoverdale
    25 APR, 2016
    This is a very good cake. I really liked the texture and moistness. For my first time making this cake, I followed the exact recipe. I was expecting to taste more orange flavor though. I plan to make this cake again, but I will juice one of those zested oranges and substitute some of the water with the juice to bump up the strength of orange flavor.
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  • janetcoverdale
    25 APR, 2016
    This is a very good cake. I really liked the texture and moistness. For my first time making this cake, I followed the exact recipe. I was expecting to taste more orange flavor though. I plan to make this cake again, but I will juice one of those zested oranges and substitute some of the water with the juice to bump up the strength of orange flavor.
    Reply
  • janetcoverdale
    25 APR, 2016
    This is a very good cake. I really liked the texture and moistness. For my first time making this cake, I followed the exact recipe, except for the size of pan. Since I do not have a 9" cake pan, I used an 8", made 6 cupcakes with the extra batter, and adjusted the baking time. I was expecting to taste more orange flavor though. So, I plan to make this cake again, but I think I will juice an orange or two and substitute the water with orange juice to bump up the strength of orange flavor.
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  • MS11255171
    8 APR, 2016
    This is a traditional Turkish dessert called "revani" and is enjoyed with or without the orange flavor. Among the many dessert recipes that come with syrup, like baklava, this one is the easiest to make at home, so give it a try! Thanks Martha, for featuring this recipe!
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  • sherokomradhuni
    16 NOV, 2010
    I just baked this cake. This cake is very moist already without the syrup. It also gives a crunchy texture because of the semolina flour, which I liked very much. If you do not like the crunchiness use all purpose flour instead of semolina. Also I did not use the syrup even though I made it. I didn't use the syrup because my husband liked the cake already without the syrup. I think if I use the syrup the cake will become too sweet and wet. I loved this cake and I will make it many more times.
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  • Sandraellen
    11 NOV, 2009
    My family doesn't care for sweet fluffy cakes so this was a big hit. The texture and flavour were great.
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  • njcarter
    20 SEP, 2009
    Looking back at the magazine, I see the water amount is 1/2 c.
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  • marljong
    14 JUN, 2009
    Delicious, slightly crunchy, textured crumb, very moist.
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  • marljong
    14 JUN, 2009
    This recipe is missing the ingredient amount needed for the water when making the syrup.
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