Sweet Couscous Dessert


  • 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons couscous
  • ⅔ cup warm water
  • ⅔ cup fresh dates
  • ⅔ cup ready-to-eat prunes
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • Rose petals, to decorate (optional)


  1. Place the couscous in a bowl and cover with ⅔ cup warm water.
  2. Leave 15 minutes to plump up.
  3. Halve each date lengthwise, remove the seed and cut into 4 pieces.
  4. Roughly chop the prunes.
  5. Fluff up the grains of couscous with a fork, then place in a cheesecloth-lined sieve and steam over simmering water for 15 minutes until hot.
  6. Transfer to a bowl and fluff up again with a fork.
  7. Add the melted butter, sugar, dates, and prunes.
  8. Pile the couscous into a cone shape in a serving dish.
  9. Mix the cinnamon and nutmeg together and sprinkle over couscous.
  10. Serve decorated with rose petals, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.


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