Semolina cakes with candied fruits

The semolina cake… That’s something I had never tasted. It took my daughter to put a packet of medium wheat semolina in my hands for me to finally discover this delicious dessert.
She had wanted to buy some semolina for couscous, and had kinda missed the chance. The package sat on my counter for a week, without me knowing what to do with it. Fine wheat semolina, I sometimes use it for ravioli dough. But the average…

Finally, the idea of ​​the semolina cake was born. I tested for the first time in a large mold with raisins. And total surprise, I loved it. I wonder why I spent so long next to this dessert.
So I didn’t hesitate to do it again. This time with a mix of candied fruits and in an individual version. Well, I confirm, the semolina cake is really very, very good! And presto, yet another recipe idea that is easy to make, economical and delicious.

Semolina cakes with candied fruit:

Liquid caramel:

250g sugar

1 tsp lemon juice
50 + 125ml water

Place the sugar, lemon juice and 50 ml of water in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining water.

When the caramel has a nice caramel color, remove the pan from the heat.
Gradually pour the hot water, paying attention to splashes.
Continue cooking for another minute.

Let cool.

Store in a jar at room temperature.

Semolina cakes:

50 g of candied fruit (cherries, oranges, pears, etc.)
1 tbsp Grand Marnier
500ml whole milk
60 g medium wheat semolina
35g brown sugar
1 egg
liquid caramel

Preheat the oven to 160°C.

Mix the candied fruit in pieces with the Grand-Marnier.

Put the milk in a saucepan and heat it.
Add the semolina and cook for about 5 minutes while stirring.

Off the heat, add the candied fruit and sugar. To mix together.
Add the beaten egg while mixing vigorously.

Spread a spoonful of caramel in the bottom of 6 muffin cups.
Pour the semolina on it.

Cook for 25/30 minutes.

Serve with a little caramel.

To finish: it is always practical to have liquid caramel on hand. I always make more than I need because it keeps very well and can be used in many recipes.

You can skip the alcohol.

You can also choose dried fruits, possibly adding a little more sugar.

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