Mamounieh- Toasted Semolina Pudding with Pine nuts & cinnamon is a sweet and delicious way to start your morning or as a dessert any time! It can be eaten hot or cold and is ready in a matter of minutes! Bye bye oatmeal…hello Mamounieh!
Mamounieh is an ancient dessert originating in Aleppo, Syria. It is traditionally eaten as a breakfast food, topped with sizzling pine nuts and dashes of cinnamon. Some people like it hot, fresh off the stove where it has more of a fluid, porridge-like consistency. While others prefer it cold or room temperature, where it holds a firmer, more pudding-like consistency. There are people who like to add a melted, white, stringy cheese to the dish, which is also very delicious!
Mamounieh- Toasted Semolina Pudding with Pine nuts & cinnamon is a sweet and delicious way to start your morning or as a dessert any time! It can be eaten hot or cold and is ready in a matter of minutes!
- 1 cup semolina, farina or cream of wheat
- 4 tbsp ghee, clarified butter (regular butter works as well)
- 2 cups sugar, white
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
- cinnamon, ground (garnish)
In one medium saucepan, add sugar and water over medium-high heat. Stir and let it begin to boil. Lower heat to keep it at a simmer. At the same time in another medium saucepan, add ghee and semolina over medium-high heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon to toast the semolina. Once it starts to turn golden and a delicious aroma begins, you have toasted it enough, about 3-5 minutes.
Now that the sugar water is simmering and ready, slowly add the toasted semolina to the sugar water saucepan, stirring constantly. Allow it to simmer for about a minute. Then turn off the heat.
Immediately pour the Mamounieh into small bowls or ramekins, top with sizzling pine nuts and a couple dashes of cinnamon. Serve hot or cold!
If you don't have semolina, you can use cream of wheat or farina brands. You can also add different nuts if you don't have pine nuts on hand. Cook the nuts in some ghee or regular butter until golden brown. Then spoon the nuts and butter over each bowl.