Creamy Couscous Pudding

This is one of those fabulous puddings that’s easy to make and yet tastes complex, interesting and, above all, delicious. Your guests will think you’ve really gone to town, and will have fun trying to identify the different flavours: there’s saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and orange flower water in it, making it gently comforting on a cold winter’s night. A practical point is that the pudding’s best about half an hour out of the oven, which makes it handy and stress-free to serve.

All you need
All you need

For four to six people, you will need:

70g / 2 ½ oz couscous

80g / 3 oz caster sugar

600ml / one pint milk

300 ml / ½ pint cream (I actually use less, 200ml, because that’s the size of the cartons I buy, and it still works)

3 x 5cm / 2in strips orange peel (or mandarin, clementine etc.)

6 green cardamom pods, smashed

1 x 8cm / 3in cinnamon stick

a pinch of saffron

2tbsp orange flower water

1.5 litre / 2 ¾ pint oven-proof dish

Ready to eat
Ready to eat

Here's what you do:

Preheat your oven to 170C or 325F. Place the couscous, sugar and milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil. You’ll think this isn’t nearly enough couscous and that I’ve made a mistake, but I can assure you it works! Add all the other ingredients, bring back to the boil and pour into your ovenproof dish. Bake for 35 minutes until golden.

Serve in pretty dishes and discard the spices as you go.

Easy and addictive!

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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor

Lovely hub. I would never have thought to use cous cous as a sweet, but I'll try this when I next cook something special. It will probably take me ages to source orange flower water up on the moors here!

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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

I'll have to try this. I love rice pudding but, like Georgina, never thought to use cous cous.

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Riviera Rose 6 years ago from South of France Author

Sorry Georgina, can't believe I didn't write back to you earlier - please forgive my lack of manners! Good luck with finding the orange flower water - don't know where to suggest you look, I actually found some in my local supermarket the other day and almost kissed the cashier!

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Riviera Rose 6 years ago from South of France Author

Thanks, Suziecat, it's definitely worth trying - I was surprised too but it really works. The other day I tried it with Quinoa which wasn't such a success, but the couscous really soaks the liquid up. Hope you enjoy it!

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