I do not have fond memories of rice pudding. The few times I have tried it the texture was uncomfortably mushy, lumpy, it was overly sweet or had a synthetic taste. Recently after making risotto I had some leftover uncooked Arborio rice and when I thought about what I could use it to make my mind kept coming back to rice pudding. Let me just say that photographing rice pudding is a challenge because let’s face it white grains coated in a creamy white mixture is a lot of white in a bowl. However this no-bake dessert is quick and easy to make and eating it is absolutely no challenge. I have now been converted from a rice pudding hater to a rice pudding lover. Each grain of rice serves as a vehicle for me to enjoy sweet creamy flavours that my palette enjoys.
I topped mine with a little Apple Compote (from last week) but you can sprinkle a little cinnamon on top and tuck in. Everyone has the right to enjoy rice pudding in different ways either cold or warm, runny or thick, whichever way you like it this recipe is the foundation to get you there and you’ll be licking the bowl after you’ve eaten every morsel of rice.
Live, Love, Eat!
- 1/2 cup Arborio Rice (risotto rice)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/3 cups whole milk
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 vanilla pod
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- generous pinch of salt
- In medium pot bring milk, sugar, salt to boil over medium-high heat.
- Scrape the inside of the vanilla pod into the milk and drop the entire pod in before adding the rice.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 mins uncovered, stirring from time to time.
- Add vanilla extract cover the pot and simmer for another 10 minutes over the lowest temperature.
- Taste the rice to make sure it is cooked, if it isn’t but there is no liquid add a couple tbsps of milk and cook, stirring consistently, until the rice is tender.
- Put the rice in a bowl, stir in the cold heavy cream and cover with cling wrap before putting it into the fridge to cool.
- After about an hour serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or apple compote.