A chocolate dessert with a twist – combining cocoa, semolina, evaporated milk and vanilla to delicious effect! Taken from a 1942 issue of Women’s Weekly
Makes: 8
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips




    • 410g can evaporated milk


    • 5 level tbsp (60g/2oz) semolina


    • 2 level tbsp caster sugar


    • 1½ level tbsp cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting


    • A few drops of vanilla extract, optional


    • Tea or coffee cups






    1. Pour the evaporated milk into a measuring jug and make up to 600ml (1 pint) with water. Put the semolina, sugar and cocoa in a large bowl and mix in about 4tbsp milk to make a paste. Gradually mix in the rest of the liquid. Add vanilla, if you like.


    1. Cook in the microwave on full power for 5 mins, and then stir well. Cook for 3 mins, stir well, and cook for 2 more mins and stir again. Leave to stand for a couple of mins, then pour into the cups. Serve hot or cool, dusted with cocoa powder.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 6.0g saturates 3.5g calories 127(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.