If you follow the blog you know that I am an advocate of using what I already have in the house. The other day I was looking for something sweet and I realized I had some frozen apricots left over from our Moroccan family dinner. Couscous can be served as either a savory or sweet dish. I’ve already made a savory dish so I decided it was time to try sweet. Presenting, my apricot raisin couscous cake.
This recipe is so easy it’ll convert you to couscous. A major complaint about couscous sometimes is the lack of flavor but this is where having it as dessert comes in handy, allowing it to soak in sugar water allows it to absorb sweetness. Then once you add the apricots and raisins it’s irresistible. I know only I could take something that is good for you and make it into a sweet comforting dessert (hey, I try my best).
Look at it this way, it still has all of the fiber and vitamins it had before I made it even more delicious. I love to make use of everything in the house. Nothing is left to waste. And of course, dessert is a dish that almost never gets turned down. So this apricot raisin couscous cake was a perfect way to finish up the couscous in our house.
This dish will surely reappear. Next time I’m going to use coconut milk instead of water. Yes. I know I’m excited too.
Apricot Raisin Couscous Cake
Makes 9 rounds or 12 squares
- 1 cup pearl couscous
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
- 6 ounces of apricots with syrup (chopped)
- 3 ounces of raisins
- 2 ounces of almond slivers
- 1 1/2 cups of hot water
Garnish: Mint, powdered sugar and/or additional fruit
Tools: bowl and baking sheet (circular cookie cutter)
Preheat oven 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Dissolve 2 tablespoons of sugar into 1 1/2 cups of hot water.
Add couscous to sugar water and let it set covered for 10 minutes.
While couscous is in sugar water, mix chopped apricots, raisins and almonds.
Mix couscous with apricot mixture.
Spray baking sheet and pour couscous mixture onto baking sheet smoothing couscous flat.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.
Cut into squares or use cookie cutter to cut into circles.
Top with powdered sugar, fruit and or mint.