According to the dictionary, flummery is an old Welsh word of unknown derivation but it refers to a traditional sweet dish (popular in the British Isles) which is milk and egg-based and always eaten cold. I ate apple flummery during my stay in the British Isle.  It is a healthy dessert for all.


Serve 4


Apple flummery | Healthy Dessert Recipe

Eggs, separated, 2 large

Sugar, 50 g

Milk, 600 ml

Semolina, 25 g

Salt, a pinch

Cooking apple,

(Peeled, cored and pureed), 1 large

Lemon juice, 1 small


To serve

The skinned dessert apple, 1 red apple

Lemon juice, few drops


Preparation Method:

Apple flummery | Healthy Dessert Recipe

Put the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and beat together until creamy.

Put the milk into a large saucepan and warm it over moderate heat. Sprinkle in the semolina and bring to the boil, stirring. Add the salt and lower the heat then simmer for 10 minutes, keep stirring constantly.

Gradually stir in the egg yolk and sugar mixture until well mixed then continue cooking very gently for a further 2 minutes, stirring all the time. Do not allow the mixture to boil or it will stick to the bottom of the pan and my burn.

Remove the pan from the heat, then stir in the apple puree and lemon juice until well blended.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold into the mixture in the pan, using a metal spoon.

Carefully spoon the mixture into individual glasses and leave to cool for about 30 minutes.


To Serve:

Apple flummery | Healthy Dessert Recipe

Thinly slice the apple, discarding the core but leaving the skin on. Sprinkle immediately with lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Place a few slices on each serving and serve at once.


Cook’s Notes

Apple flummery | Healthy Dessert Recipe


About 50 minutes, including 15 minutes to prepare and puree the apple.

Cook’s Tip

Apple flummery | Healthy Dessert Recipe

The flummery is a particularly light and refreshing dessert – it separates slightly into a shallow layer of liquid at the bottom, topped with a fluffy mixture.


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