Easy Semolina Pudding

This Delicious Semolina Pudding Should Be Your Next Breakfast Or Dessert Dish!

Looking for a sweet breakfast or dessert that can be topped how you like it? Semolina pudding might be for you!

Semolina pudding is known as Grießbrei in German – but it is enjoyed in a number of other countries as well. It’s really easy to make. All you need is semolina, milk, and a handful of other common ingredients.

The best part of this pudding dessert is that you can top it how you like it – with fruit fresh fruit, jam, cinnamon, and sugar being popular toppings!

semolina pudding in clear glass bowl with berries on top
Semolina pudding ready to be enjoyed!

It’s important to note that semolina pudding and semolina porridge are basically the same. Some people just refer to it as semolina porridge when making it for breakfast.

Different Variations of Semolina Pudding

Semolina pudding is popular in Germany (where it is known as Grießbrei or Grießpudding), but that’s not the only country that loves it. It is also a really popular dessert that is eaten in a number of European countries – and other countries across the world.

Semolina pudding is widely enjoyed in European countries like Hungary (tejbegríz), Romania (griș cu lapte), Lithuania (manų košė) the Czech Republic (krupičná kaše), and Slovakia (krupicová kaša).

You can also find it in Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, and Bulgaria. Semolina pudding is also popular in India where it has many different names and preparations depending on the region.

There are so many different variations for you can prepare and serve it. Some people use water and milk, while others top theirs with jam, cocoa powder, or honey.

Some eat it warm while others eat it cold. Generally though, sugar, cinnamon, and raisins/fruit are some of the more popular toppings – and also how we like to eat our semolina pudding.

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

Before you make this semolina pudding recipe, read through our recipe tips and considerations so that you have an idea of what to expect and can achieve the best results:

  • Germans have two different types of semolina: Hartweizengrieß (“Hard wheat semolina” used to describe durum wheat semolina) and Weichweizengrieß (“soft wheat semolina” used to describe semolina that is not durum and is more white in color). Weichweizengrieß is the one commonly used for semolina pudding in Germany and a similar product can be found in North America under the brand name “Cream of Wheat”. However, we typically use durum wheat semolina for this recipe and it turns out really well! So, feel free to use what you have on hand and prefer the taste of.
  • When making semolina pudding, it’s important to stir the pudding really well since you don’t want to end up with lumps in it.
  • If you want the semolina pudding to end up creamier, you can add an egg and some butter. For this, simply separate a fresh egg. Add the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of butter to the semolina pudding (after it sat for the 5 minutes). Whisk the egg white until very stiff, then fold it into the pudding.
two glass bowls of semolina pudding with berries on wooden board
Top semolina pudding however you like!

How to Make Semolina Pudding – Step by Step Instructions

To make homemade semolina pudding, have a look at the detailed recipe card at the bottom of this post.

For those wanting to see exactly how we made ours, you can check out the recipe process photos below.

This way, you have visual step-by-step instructions to follow as you cook!

milk and vanilla in silver pot on stove top
Add the milk and other ingredients to a pot.

First, add the milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and salt to a medium-sized pot and bring everything to a boil on the stove while whisking regularly.

pouring semolina into pot of boiling milk with whisk
Add the semolina.

Once the milk is boiling, remove the pot from the heat and add the semolina while whisking.

bubbling milk with semolina in silver pot on stove top
Bring everything to a boil.

Place the pot back on the hot burner and wait for the contents in the pot to boil. Keep whisking regularly.

silver pot on stove top with lid on
Place the lid onto the pot.

Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat, place the lid on top, and let the semolina sit for 5 minutes.

semolina pudding stirred in pot with wooden spoon
Stir the pudding.

After 5 minutes, stir the semolina pudding in the pot with a wooden spoon until there are no lumps.

If you want to make the creamier version, add the egg and butter now (see recipe tips above or recipe card instructions below for more details).

bowl of semolina pudding on wooden board with berries on top
We topped our pudding with some fresh berries and a cinnamon/sugar blend!

Transfer the semolina pudding to serving bowls. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and/or garnish with fresh fruit. You can enjoy the pudding warm or cold!

Storage Tips

You can store leftover semolina dessert in a covered bowl or sealed container in the fridge. Once it has set, it’s kind of hard to reheat so it’s best to enjoy it cold from this point on.

It’ll keep in the fridge for up to 3 days (if made without egg) – but eat it sooner rather than later if you’ve already added any toppings like fresh fruit.

If you made your semolina pudding with egg, don’t keep it longer than 24 hours.

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bowl of semolina pudding on wooden board with berries on top

Semolina Pudding

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Semolina Pudding - also known as Grießbrei in German - is a delicious easy-to-make breakfast or dessert. Made from semolina, milk, and other common ingredients, this thick pudding is best enjoyed sweet with a dash of cinnamon, sugar, and berries!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup semolina
  • sugar, cinnamon, and/or fresh fruit for topping

Instructions

  1. Add the milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and salt to a medium-sized pot and bring everything to a boil on the stove while whisking regularly.
  2. Once the milk is boiling, remove the pot from the heat and add the semolina while whisking.
  3. Place the pot back on the hot burner and wait for the contents in the pot to boil while whisking regularly.
  4. Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat, place the lid on top, and let the semolina sit for 5 minutes.
  5. After 5 minutes, stir the semolina pudding in the pot with a wooden spoon until there are no lumps.
  6. Transfer the semolina pudding to serving bowls. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and/or garnish with fresh fruit. You can enjoy the pudding warm or cold!

Notes

  • There are various different versions of semolina pudding - this recipe is based on how Lisa knows semolina pudding from Germany.
  • This is a simple recipe made without egg - if you want a creamier pudding, you can add an egg and some butter. For this, simply separate a fresh egg. Add the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of butter to the semolina pudding (after it sat for the 5 minutes). Whisk the egg white until very stiff, then fold it into the pudding. That's it!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 3gSugar: 23gProtein: 13g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

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