Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Creamy Rice Pudding with Summer Berries

Good morning! I hope that your week is getting off to a great start. I am doing everything I can to soak up the sun and remind myself that Spring is on its way, even though it is going to snow(AGAIN) on Wednesday. 

This past weekend while in search of a little bit of Spring I picked up a huge batch of strawberries. I had no idea what I was going to do with them but they were so tasty and smelled so wonderful I knew I could think of something.

The first thing that came to mind was this easy recipe for Strawberry Jam from Ina Garten. I added a few raspberries as well and it came out beautiful. However I am not really a person that eats jam so I though it would make a better sauce for something smooth and creamy, like ice cream or old fashioned rice pudding. Thankfully I had some leftover rice because the entire dessert came together in less than a half hour. 

Creamy Rice Pudding

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup of flour
1/4 tsp. salt
11/2 cups cold milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 eggs beaten
11/2 cups of cooked rice
1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
1/4 tsp. almond extract

In a saucepan mix together sugar, flour, salt, milk and heavy cream. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring continuously until mixture comes to a boil. Once mixture comes to a boil cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, make sure to stir at all times or the mixture will burn.
Remove pan from heat. Temper the 3 beaten eggs by adding 3/4 cup of the milk/sugar mixture to them and whisking to incorporate. Then pour the warm egg yolk mixture into the pan and mix well, add the rice and mix again until incorporated. Return to heat for an additional 3-4 minutes and mix well. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and the almond extract, mix to incorporate.

You can eat it warm or chill and then garnish with berries, whipped cream or whatever else you like.

This rice pudding is fabulous! It is rich, creamy and delicious, with notes of almond and vanilla. It is an old fashioned comfort food that tastes best warm if you want my opinion. The addition of the summer berries makes this an excellent dessert for Spring and Summer too.

Are you a fan or rice pudding?  Do you have a family recipe? Or do you find it too old fashioned?  If you have a recipe to share we would love to try it, especially if it is quick and easy.

I hope that you have a great day!

P.S: You can also try my recipe for Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding with Raspberry Compote HERE.

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  1. Hello Elizabeth:

    This both looks and sounds absolutely delicious which we are certain it was. At first glance, seeing the initial picture, we rather thought that you had made Eton Mess, also a good way to use strawberries and raspberries.

  2. Precious Elizabeth! Oh I had a rushed morning yesterday and missed your post, but I see I am caught up now for today!

    Rice goodness, does this give me a Proust-like experience. My mother made this for me weekly, à la Mexicaine....with lots of vanilla and cinnamon. But your version here looks fantastic, with berries!

    We too are finally getting a melt. Yesterday, it was 50! WOW, do we now have ponds to drive through on the roads, but bring it on!

    Thank you so kindly for coming to visit. YES! I REACHED MY GOAL! I told myself that I wanted to be published in a magazine before a certain time and it happened. Now as a contributing writer, I hope to continue.

    Big thanks to, Anita

  3. Fresh strawberries are heavenly, your rice pudding and jam sound like a perfect combination.

  4. I just love rice pudding, but never can get it like my Moma made it. This recipe may be the one, her's was creamy and tasted almost like a custard..
    Thanks.. yvonne I coped recipe

  5. I love making rice pudding...and I just might try your recipe for a looks so good!

  6. This sounds delicious and is so pretty…can't wait to try!!

  7. Super scrummy Elizabeth. I hope you saved a portion for me?

  8. You can just bring that tray over please!! Looks heavenly!! Thanks for sharing Elizabeth. Xo

  9. Looks absolutely delicious Elizabeth. I see Loi was ahead of me for his order and knowing how kind he is, I am confident he will share it with me.
    Strawberries smell delicious and I, too, purchased some this week.
    Hope the sun returns
    Helen xx

  10. Elizabeth I always look forward to your recipes, it seems like we have similar tastes (cravings :) with food. Rice pudding of any kind is my favorite and this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.


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