Cranberry Semolina Pudding

Couscous is a tiny pasta made from semolina.

  • Yield: Makes 8 individual puddings or 1 large pudding
Cranberry Semolina Pudding

Source: Desserts 1998


  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Cranberry Coulis
  • Candied orange zest, for garnish (optional)


  1. Butter 8 four-ounce ramekins or 1 seven-cup pudding mold or bowl; set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, bring milk to a boil. Add vanilla bean and seed scrapings, orange zest, and sugar. Remove pan from heat, and cover. Let stand 30 minutes. Discard vanilla bean.

  3. Return mixture to a boil over medium heat. Stir in couscous. Return mixture to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and cover. Set aside until couscous absorbs all liquid, about 15 minutes.

  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Add egg yolks, baking soda, and cranberries into couscous; stir to combine. Divide batter among ramekins, and place them in a roasting pan. Transfer the pan to the oven and pour boiling water into roasting pan so it comes halfway up sides of ramekins.

  5. Bake until puddings are set, 35 to 40 minutes. Add more boiling water to pan as necessary to maintain water level. Set aside to cool slightly.

  6. When ready to serve, invert puddings onto serving plates. Top with cranberry coulis, and garnish with candied orange zest.


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