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Semolina custard in kataifi with wild figs and Turkish apricots

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Semolina custard in kataifi with wild figs and Turkish apricots

By Lisa Featherby
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking plus chilling
  • Serves 6
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Semolina custard in kataifi with wild figs and Turkish apricots


  • 250 gm butter, melted
  • 375 gm kataifi pastry (see note)
  • To serve: vanilla bean ice-cream
Semolina custard
  • 800 ml milk
  • Scraped seeds of ½ vanilla bean
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 4 eggs
  • 110 gm caster sugar (½ cup)
  • 100 gm fine semolina
  • 30 gm butter, coarsely chopped
Wild figs and Turkish apricots in syrup
  • 375 ml dessert wine, such as botrytis
  • 230 gm caster sugar
  • 1 tsp orange-blossom water
  • 150 gm each semi-dried wild figs and small dried Turkish apricots (see note)


  • 1
    For semolina custard, bring milk and vanilla seeds to the boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk yolks, eggs and sugar in a heatproof bowl until pale, add milk mixture, whisk to combine, then return to pan. Gradually whisk in semolina and butter, whisk continuously over medium heat until very thick (5-10 minutes), then divide among six 9cm-diameter ramekins lined with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm (2 hours). Turn out onto a tray lined with baking paper and refrigerate until required.
  • 2
    For wild figs and Turkish apricots in syrup, combine wine and sugar in a saucepan over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring to the boil, add orange-blossom water and fruit and simmer over low heat until fruit is plump (10-15 minutes). Keep warm.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 170C. Place butter in a bowl and dip kataifi in butter to coat thoroughly. Place six 11cm-diameter ring moulds on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Divide half the kataifi among moulds, top with semolina rounds, then finish with remaining kataifi, tucking in edges. Bake until bases are golden (10-15 minutes), then carefully turn over and bake until bases are golden (10-15 minutes). Serve warm with fruit in syrup, with a scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream.


Note Kataifi, a shredded pastry, is available from select delicatessens. Semi-dried wild figs and dried Turkish apricots are available from select delicatessens and Pariya. This recipe is from the May 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.
Drink Suggestion: Plush late-harvest viognier. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

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