Warm the milk with the butter, figs, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles form at the rim and it just begins to approach a boil. Stir in the couscous, cover, and remove form the heat. Let the couscous stand for about five minutes. Spoon into bowls and pass additional sugar at the table, along with milk if you wish.
Recipe courtesy A REAL AMERICAN BREAKFAST (Morrow, 2002) by Bill and Cheryl Alters Jamison