Manchester Jewish Museum

Make It!
Sweet Egyptian Basbousa



Learning Studio


£5 Adults
£5 Children
FREE for M8 Members (log in first when booking)

Come and join us for this creative session where you’ll be baking some delicious, syrupy Basbousa!

These sweet treats are from Egypt, with ‘Basbousa’ meaning loved ones or ‘my sweet’ in Arabic. There are very similar versions made in Jordan and Turkey. Claudia Roden even shares a similar recipe in her book, “The Book of Jewish Food”, that’s enjoyed by Jewish Indian families in the morning. Tasty!

The image is the cover of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Claudia Roden's book The Book of Jewish Food. The cover features a rich, intricate golden pattern on the left side, resembling traditional Middle Eastern designs. The right side of the cover is a deep maroon color with the title and author's name prominently displayed in yellow and white text. Below the title, it reads "An Odyssey from Samarkand and Vilna to the Present Day" in smaller gold text. A quote from Yotam Ottolenghi praising the book is at the bottom, also in gold text.

“The Book of Jewish Food” by Claudia Roden, available at our museum shop. Image:

Join us as we delve into the rich history of the Sephardi families who attended the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue and their connections to Egypt. We’ll also be taking inspiration from the beautiful patterns found in the columns, walls, and windows of the synagogue to decorate and shape our Basbousa. Come along for a sweet, artistic, and historical journey!


This workshop is open to all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

There are two identical 60 minute sessions that day so you can book for either 10:30am or 1pm.

Ingredients are vegetarian, and the recipe contains dairy (yoghurt) and gluten (semolina). We can also provide a vegan version. Please email Gemma on in advance with any dietary requirements.

Please note we use all vegetarian approved ingredients but the food is not ‘Beth Din’ supervised.


Our new building includes step free access to the entrance via a ramp, a lift to the first floor, level access throughout the ground floor and accessible gender neutral toilets. Click HERE for more access information. If you have any additional needs please email in advance so we can best support.


We are just a 15 minute walk from Victoria Station and Manchester’s Green Quarter. Both the 41 and 135 buses stop on Cheetham Hill Road within 100m from the museum’s entrance at the Elizabeth Street and Derby Street stops. We encourage you to use public transport or other sustainable transport methods when travelling to the museum. Click HERE for more information on getting here.

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