Now that the weather is getting colder I find myself craving hot cereals. This year I have started making cous cous laced with citrus and almond milk and filled with nuts and dried fruis for breakfast. Here's my recipe. Enjoy!
2 2/3 c couscous (about 1 pound)
2 2/3 c water/almond milk (1/2 of each)
2 tbs grated orange rind
1 t grated lemon rind
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c vegetable oil or 2 tbs butter
1 1/2 c chopped toasted mixed nuts
(I used silvered almonds but try walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios and pine nuts)
1/2 c pitted dates, cut into pieces
(or raisins, dried cherries, cranberries)
2 cups hot milk
Place couscous in large bowl. Bring almond milk/water, sugar and oil (or butter) to boil in heavy large saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Pour mixture over couscous and stir until well blended. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Fluff with fork to separate grains. Mix in nuts and fruits. Transfer lightly oiled or buttered 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Cool at room tempature and cover with foil before baking in a preheated 350°F overn for about 20 minutes. To serve spoon into bowls. Adding hot milk and additional sugar is optional.