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If you love finding out new and unique purposes for ingredients you previously thought had only one use, you will love this recipe! Couscous is a delicious North African ingredient that was named for its shape; couscous means well-rounded” and it is just that, given that you steam spherical wheat granules or millet to make the dish. While usually cooked in stews and tagines, couscous is amazing when repurposed in a dessert!

As rice is used in rice pudding, we decided to make a couscous cake with apple juice, cinnamon and honey. These flavors blend together to create a warm flavor that pairs perfectly with the couscous. You don’t have to be an adventurous eater to enjoy this departure from the norm; spiced apple couscous cake it something you should definitely check out–just be warned: once you try it, you’ll be hooked!

Apple Couscous Cake

Serves 6-8


  • 2 1/4 cups apple juice
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup honey, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Pour juice and water into a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Add couscous and stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in honey and vanilla extract.
  4. Rinse out a large baking dish, but don’t dry it off, and spoon couscous into the pan. Pack it down and let cool completely.
  5. Spoon out servings or invert cake onto a serving platter and cut into squares for easy serving.

Recipe adapted from Recipe Star

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