Semolina Pudding (Ma'Mounia — Syria)

This makes a wonderful breakfast dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup semolina (couscous)*
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Heat water and sugar to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes; remove from heat and reserve. Heat butter in 1 1/2-quart saucepan until melted; add semolina. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in reserved sugar syrup, raisins, almonds and salt. Heat to boiling. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Pour into serving dishes; sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm or cold with sweetened whipped cream.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

* 1/3 cup farina may be substituted for the semolina.