Greek Semolina Pudding with Fig Puree

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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Semolina is not a common ingredient found in most pantries, but I keep it on hand for many uses. In my home. semolina pudding is served warm as a breakfast or for a late dinner. Adding a fig puree is my choice, another common fruit we eat at home. In fact, I love figs so much, I planted several trees in my garden, so I never run out! I remember my mother making this on chilly cold days for us as we headed out the door for school. It not only keeps you full but it’s a very healthy meal to start off your morning. Often found in the Greek household it is incorporated in pastry dishes, as a thickener or as a quick warm breakfast. It can be found at any of your stores in the flour section. I buy the King Arthur Semolina found at your local store or online.

What is Semolina? It is a hard-coarsely grind of high-protein durum wheat. It has a nutty, sweet flavor that gives a pale yellow color to breads, pizzas, and pasta. Made into desserts or breakfast. It can be set in a mold and served cold. Semolina can also be used as a thickener, in pudding type dishes. It can be substituted for some (or all) of the all-purpose flour in your recipe. (from King Arthur)



Greek Semolina Pudding with Fig Puree

Try this warm dish for a brunch or cold morning breakfast, serve with fresh fruit or a fruit compote. Don't leave the stove, stirring continuously is critical for a smooth result.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine California Greek
Keyword breakfast, brunch, pudding, semolina
Servings 4
Author Mary Papoulias-Platis


  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1-2 teaspoons good vanilla
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1/4 cup sugar, optional if not adding fruit
  • fig puree, fresh fruit, or jam

Fig Puree

  • 1/2 cup dried figs
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a large saucepan add the milk and vanilla. Bring to a gentle boil.
  2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the semolina gradually and stirring continuously.
  3. Stir in the sugar (if not using fruit) and place back on the burner. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring continuously, watching so the bottom doesn't burn.
  5. Serve with the fig puree below or with fresh fruit or preserves.

Fig Puree

  1. Place dried figs and cinnamon in a small bowl and add warm water. Set aside until figs become soft, 30 minutes-1 hour.
  2. Drain (save the water) and remove stick. Blend the fruit in a blender, adding as little as reserved water as possible to make a thick paste.
  3. Serve the semolina with fig puree.

Other fig recipes from my blog:

Fall Buttermilk Muffins with Figs

Figs Wrapped in Phyllo with Orange Honey Syrup

Enjoy your figs!



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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barbara Newton-Holmes

This looks sooo beautiful and delicious!

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

I love warm cereals for breakfast or a late dinner! Thank you !!

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