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British Semolina Pudding ( Vegan )

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Vegan British semolina pudding is a hot, creamy, sweet, satisfying, comforting dessert that the whole family will love. Perfect for warming everyone up during the chilly, rainy, windy months.

Although semolina pudding can be enjoyed chilled for a refreshing, smile-inducing dessert, supper or breakfast.

If you love rice pudding you’ll likely enjoy semolina also.

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Featured image, tray with semolina pudding and mug of tea, nutmeg and zester to side, saucepan with semolina to back, jam pot to side and second bowl of pudding to side.

What Is Vegan British Semolina Pudding?

Semolina pudding is similar to rice pudding in preparation and ingredients.

It is such an easy, simple dish with just a few ingredients: plant milk, semolina and a sweetener. Vegan butter or margarine is an optional addition.

Mix everything together and in less than 30 minutes a delicious bowl of creamy comfort can be achieved that is especially nice enjoyed on a chilly, windy or rainy evening snuggled up on the sofa under a blanket and watching your favourite soap on TV!

Semolina pudding can be enjoyed hot or cold, as a dessert, pudding, breakfast or even as a light lunch. This pudding can be prepared with either water or milk, but milk does produce a much nicer flavour, texture and appearance.

The type of semolina used for puddings is different from the semolina flour that is prepared from durum wheat and commonly used to prepare pasta and bread.

Semolina flour can be purchased alongside other flours and it can be confusing, as I once purchased a bag of flour semolina and tried to cook it as a pudding! It tasted kind of OK but the texture was a little off!

The semolina meant for pudding is also a wheat product and is produced during the milling of wheat. In the UK it can be found near or in the home baking aisle alongside packages of rice pudding and custard powder.

In the US the closest thing to the British semolina is labelled cream of wheat.

semolina pudding served in white bowl with gold rim and jam pot filled with strawberry jam, tea tray to side.
Kids love semolina pudding served with a dollop of strawberry jam. So tasty.

Quick Origins Of Traditional British Semolina Pudding

Semolina pudding was a popular old school British pudding during the 70s and 80s. This milky pudding still remains a firm, nostalgic favourite and is available for purchase in powdered form, usually near the home baking section, in most UK supermarkets and local grocery stores.

However, semolina pudding dates further back to at least the Roman times where a 4th century AD text Apicius describes a pudding prepared with farina wheat, almonds and raisins.

Many countries around the world also have a version of semolina pudding with various different flavours and ingredients. For example the Czech Republic enjoy adding cocoa powder or chocolate to semolina pudding whereas in Hungry granola or seeds may be added.

How to prepare vegan British semolina pudding

Recipe Notes And FAQS

How do I store leftover semolina pudding?


Semolina pudding is best eaten hot soon after it has been prepared but it can be enjoyed chilled or reheated.

Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can I reheat leftover semolina?


Yes but extra plant milk may be needed to thin down the pudding a little as semolina tends to become really thick as it cools.

Add the semolina pudding to a non-stick pan and gently bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, reheat for a few minutes until piping hot.

Is semolina pudding gluten-free?


Unfortunately as semolina is a wheat product it is not suitable for those requiring a gluten-free diet.

However, a delicious alternative is rice pudding and we have a vegan rice pudding recipe here on our family blog that we enjoy several times a month.

Although rice flour is commonly available in health or wholefood stores and could possibly be used as a replacement for semolina in this recipe. This may suit those looking for a smoother rice pudding as opposed to using pudding rice/short-grain rice.

In the US cream of rice is similar to rice flour and can be made into a delicious smooth pudding similar to cream of wheat and semolina pudding.

Can I add anything to semolina or serve it with something extra?


Yes, anything that you would add to dishes such as rice pudding or oat porridge/oatmeal can also be added to semolina pudding.

A few ideas:

* add a handful of raisins/sultanas during simmering.

* spoonful of jam/jelly/fruit preserve added to each serving. Try our quick sugar-free blueberry chia jam.

* apple sauce/grape jelly/ cranberry sauce

* festive mincemeat (the kind used to make Christmas sweet mince pies)

* top with fresh fruit or tinned fruit

* chopped nuts, seeds

* dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg

* cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice, pumpkin spice, apple pie spice mix, mace, ground cloves, all spice, etc added during cooking

* cocoa powder, vegan chocolate drops, cacao nibs

* pouring vegan cream

What can I use as a sweetener for semolina pudding?


I tend to use ordinary sugar for my family’s semolina pudding but if your usual or preferred sweetener is different then you can easily incorporate this.

The actual amount of sweetener added to semolina pudding is personal preference.

Some prefer a sweeter version whereas others prefer a less sweeter pudding.

Play around with the sweetness levels to discover your family’s ideal amount.

Sweetener ideas:

* ordinary sugar
* date/coconut sugar
* maple syrup
* date syrup
* pureed dates
* agave syrup
* rice syrup
* carob syrup
* molasses
* golden syrup/corn syrup
* monk fruit
* stevia

Is semolina pudding just for dessert?


Absolutely not.

Semolina pudding can be enjoyed chilled for breakfast, snack or even supper.

Granola, muesli, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, fresh fruits, coconut shards, plant yogurt, etc., can be added to the top of chilled semolina to create a tasty meal. Semolina pudding makes a nice change from overnight oats or chia puddings.

close up of vegan British semolina pudding in bowl with mug of herbal tea to side.
Serve with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg for a traditional British flavour. A mug of your favourite brewed tea or herbal tea infusion is particularly delicious with semolina. Guaranteed to warm you up during chilly, dark evenings.
Featured image, tray with semolina pudding and mug of tea, nutmeg and zester to side, saucepan with semolina to back, jam pot to side and second bowl of pudding to side.

Traditional British Semolina Pudding (Vegan)

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Hot, creamy, sweet, satisfying, comforting dessert that the whole family will love.
Perfect for warming everyone up during the chilly, rainy, windy months.
If you love rice pudding then this is the recipe to try next!
Course Dessert, pudding
Cuisine British
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 larger servings or 6 smaller
Calories 364
Author Jacq

Equipment

  • Non-stick pot

Ingredients

  • 1.2 litres plant milk preferably a nice creamy one such as oat or soya milk
  • 100 grams semolina pudding powder In the UK Whitworth's is a popular brand of semolina
  • 70 grams sugar such as granulated, caster, maple, date syrup etc. The exact amount of sweetener is personal preference so use less or more as desired.
  • 30 grams vegan margarine or vegan butter, although this ingredient can be optional

Instructions

  • Pour the plant milk into the pot and over a low heat warm the milk until its hot but not bubbling. Stir frequently.
  • Once the milk is hot sprinkle the semolina over the milk and mix well to incorporate. If any lumps appear just break these up with the back of the spoon.
  • Keep stirring and bring the pudding to a gently bubble.
  • Add the vegan margarine and sugar, and mix well.
  • Bring back to a simmer, and cook for 8-10 minutes until the pudding is thickened. Stir frequently.
  • Once off the heat semolina pudding will continue to thicken so if its not thick enough just sit off the heat for a few minutes.

Notes

  • Nutritional information is provided for guidance only and is not a strict calculation as ingredients vary.
  • Semolina pudding is best eaten hot soon after it has been prepared but it can be enjoyed chilled or reheated.
  • Chilled semolina pudding is tasty for breakfast or as a snack. Try topping with granola, muesli, fresh, dried or tinned fruits, coconut shreds, plant yogurt, etc.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat extra plant milk may be needed to thin down the pudding a little as semolina tends to become really thick as it cools. Add the semolina pudding to a non-stick pan and gently bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, reheat for a few minutes until piping hot. 

Nutrition

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 910IU | Calcium: 442mg | Iron: 3mg

More Tasty Traditional British Desserts To Try:

Slow cooker vegan rice pudding (one of the best British desserts ever!)

Traditional Scottish Border Tart (ideal as part of a British afternoon tea)

Old school dinners vegan jam sponge (serve with custard for extreme comfort food!)

Vegan British wartime recipe for a delicious Christmas pudding

Vegan traditional fruit loaf cake (perfect with a cup of tea)

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